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From: "meryl"
Date: 2010-12-05 21:27:45 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferret with hind leg weakness and insulinoma- hind leg weakness permanent?

Thanks Andrea,
That's what I'm starting to wonder too. The vet says she suspects he has ly=
mphoma,(have mislaid his records but know he had exploratory when I first g=
ot him - not sure if there were pancreatic tumors) but Dewi seemed to get s=
table for a while on the pred. On the prednisolone he is now eating solid/d=
ry food after just a few days of the change from tabs, but although his leg=
s can move and he has feeling when feet are pinched and will pedal when he'=
s held up, he falls sideways at the rear when he has to move on his own.

I guess if it is lymphoma it can spread via just cells in the bloodstream e=
ither to the spinal cord or to the brain? He knows when he needs to defecat=
e - tries to move to where the papers are - sometimes he is able to defecat=
e without getting himself soiled,(found poop this am on the paper) but he d=
id get some feces on his legs later.

It bothers me, but he does not seem to mind except he dislikes the rinsing =
under the warm tap. I figured I'll give the prednisolone another four/five =
days, then if he's not improved or gets worse take him in for euthanasia. I=
remember from pharmacy school (many years ago) that steroids increase musc=
le mass, so makes me give the prednisolone a reasonable trial, but not to t=
he point where he gets uncomfortable or distressed.

He's not apparently in any pain - bright eyed and eating dry food at least =
for now. I'm not going to hang on too long, but I never get used to making =
the decision.

--- In, Andrea <brascoben@...> wrote:
> Hind leg weakness can be due from lymphoma.=A0 I had a female who had it =
(lymphoma), and it had spread into her spine.=A0
> If he's losing weight - its a sign of something not right.=A0 It could be=
that the lymphoma, if he does have it, which is currently being controlled=
by the Pred - is starting to catch up with him.=A0


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