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From: "A Drakiotes"
Date: 2011-02-01 18:09:35 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] My ferret stuart little is not feeling well...:(
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Is it possible your ferret is straining to urinate? In males the pushing can be for either. It almost sounds like a urethral issue due to enlarged prostrate which is an adrenal symptom.

This indeed needs to be addressed ASAP to restore health in your pet.

If the issue is intestinal he could have intestinal lymphoma which is a painful cancer, but treatable with pediapred or prednisolone oral suspension, and if it is indeed just the urinary issue he needs lupron, melatonin to shrink the urethral swelling before he has renal failure form urine backwash.

sending good thoughts your way

alicia at ferret wise..

[Good catch, Alicia!

A large bladder often looks like constipation in a
ferret because it compresses the colon.

It would also pay to check the urine pH and to image
the bladder if not already done. Around a year old
is in the range that cystine uroliths are often noticed in
ferrets who have not shown them earlier, for example,
and then altering the diet saves lives. (Of course, those
are not the most common form of urolith and that is why
having the urine pH checked is so important as well
as having any sludge or stones checked by a urolith
lab. Different uroliths require very different approaches
in diet afterward, depending on type.

Bladder stone info can be found in
where it pays to search for posts containing words like

-- Moderator]


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