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From: "Debbie"
Date: 2010-11-12 06:20:31 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] question re lymphoma treatment
To: "FG-FML" <ferret-l@LISTSERV.FERRETMAILINGLIST.ORG>, "FG-ferrethealth" <>

I run a small ferret rescue. I have an approximately 2 1/2 year old female that has lymphoma. She has enlarged lymph glands behind her front and back legs and slightly enlarged at the neck.

About a month ago, she had a spell of coughing / hacking very hard for several hours one evening. It wasn't from a hairball. This sounded like a cough my dog had when his heart was failing. Every now and then she will stop and cough like that for a short bit. Since then, she has also started snoring very heavily. I know snoring is normal in ferrets. It's just her heavy snoring started at the same time as this coughing.

The vet can feel a tumor in her abdomen. For a couple of weeks, she had diarrhea off and on, seemed to be uncomfortable and was not playful. The vet thought the tumor might be adhering to the intestinal tract or causing some problem with her digestion. We scheduled exploratory surgery the following week. Before then, the GI problems seemed to clear up. She started eating and playing again.

I've started her on Prednisilone 1.25 mg once a day. The vet would like to do exploratory surgery, which is 25% cheaper than an ultrasound around here. He feels there may be a tumor that's pressing against the abdomen, intestines or even lungs that may be able to be removed and alleviate some of her problems.

I'd like input from others concerning this please. Debbie, Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue, Acworth, GA

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