From: "BETTY YERGER"
Date: 2011-04-02 03:43:44 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Re: Strange death
I saw her alive and well at 10:00 a.m. that morning. Her body was cold, but
not stiff when I found her. I do rescue, so I have seen many ferrets pass
over the years. I have not ever before seen changes take place as I
watched. There have been cases where they passed at 1:00 a.m. and I was
unable to take them in until morning, and there have been occasions where I
found them stiff. I never saw changes like this! I was at the vet within
15 minutes of finding her at 2:00 p.m. Tissue samples were sent for
pathological analysis. I do believe that a better lab might have been
chosen to submit them to, but at this point it is too late to change that.
[Lividity is not unusual in mammals. You will see that
Dr. Williams who is a pathologist refers to seeing that
at times as well as his referring to the blood in lungs,
though for that my impression is that he was saying that
it may be more common in ferrets than in some other
animals. Of course, ferret pathology is something in
which he is an expert.
I worked in an anatomy department for five years and
lividity showed up in many mammals I had to process,
certainly not in all but in enough that it was not at all
unusual. It's also often used by experts in criminal
forensics to know when a cadaver has been moved
after death, BTW. You notice it more in humans because
we don't have fur hiding it.
Some animals when dying also form bruising or defecate
blood as part of the process of dying when it causes clotting
to alter. Dr. Williams has also addressed that in the past.
-- moderator (SDC)]
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