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From: "jbmccaughey"
Date: 2010-12-05 07:17:42 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Basil - suddenly going downhill

Basil is a spayed female, just turned 6. She seemed to be doing ok until now though she had some muscle wasting the vet attributed to age. For a few weeks she was biting one cagemate and making her squeak a little more often and although they have always engaged in this behavior I'm always watching for signs/symptoms of adrenal. About 2-3 days ago she began biting both of her cagemates hard on the top of the head if they sniffed her. Yesterday she was hiding under a blanket with no interest in anything. Last night she began to have hind-end weakness.

Today it was a little worse and tonight it has progressed so that she has little use of her back legs and drags herself and rolls around. We hold her and hand feed her and sit her on the potty.

She was at the regular vet this morning, when she still had moderate weakness but could get around. In-house BG normal. They sent out Chem/CBC, I should get Sunday or Monday. I wanted in-house but they told me at the end of the appt they were sending it out. Her temp was up, 104.4. Enlarged spleen. Urinalysis showed blood in her urine. Vet thought UTI and started Clavamox. Gave subcu fluids. Xrays didn't show anything obvious, smooth edges on the spleen.

Tonight, little use of back legs. Went to er clinic. Vet said lack of coordination almost looks neurological or spine related. In-house BG normal. Minipanel showed low BUN and Creat. More subcu fluids. This vet suspects lymphoma. Pred injection and oral to take home.

She's still interested in food and eating but as much.

I guess my questions are where might I go from here, and also if it makes sense that lymphoma related hind-end weakness would progress to this point in 2 days.

Thanks so much for any help.



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