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From: Mike
Date: 2011-04-27 17:10:25 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Adrenal Ferret Help- Suprelorin implant 12+ months ago swollen belly

You said "Today she had a hugely distended belly"=C2=A0 If this has occurre=
d suddenly I would say that it has nothing to do with Adrenal Disease or he=
r implant.

There is something else going on.=C2=A0 How is she behaving, active, not ac=
tive, playful, not playful, alert, not alert etc.=C2=A0 Does she seem painf=
ul, grinding teeth, grunting, etc?

Isn't there another ferret knowledgeable vet around your home?=C2=A0 This s=
ounds like something that needs attention.


[Yes, a chest ultrasound makes sense if a chest x-ray showed
nothing. There is a form of heart disease, hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy, which usually needs ultrasound to be found
in ferrets. An x-ray usually will show things like dilative
cardiomyopathy or pneumonia. Listening is usually no where
near sufficient though it might spot some things like some
cases of A/V Node Block (which an EKG/ECG will help know
about more), arrhythmia, etc.

There can be other causes of ascites, too, but unless the
adrenal has lymphoma in it I kind of doubt that either adrenal
disease or its treatment is related to this problem.

This needs someone used to ferrets or at least willing to learn
so that diagnosis and treatment can begin promptly.

BTW, it is usually recommended to NOT wait for symptoms to
return before doing the implant.

Ferret vet lists:

Many of us travel to get vet care for ferrets.

-- Moderator]


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