Date: 2011-05-01 04:51:17 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Adrenal Ferret Help- Suprelorin implant 12+ months ago swollen belly
Thanks for your feedback. I am now kicking myself that I didn't go back earlier for the second implant though the vet I am seeing feels it's unrelated.
I am in Australia so we have far fewer ferret knowledgable vets. Re an ultrasound I don't think this is something that many vets here utilise. We have done a blood test and here is what the pathologist has written:
"Compared to ISIS ranges, this ferret is likely to be anaemic and have neutorphilia. This is an increased potassium, increased urea, increased phos and mild to moderate ALT/GGT increases"
"There is indication of hepatobiliary disease and the azotaemia and increased phosphorous indicate decreased GFR. In the absence of an incrased creatinine this is likely pre-renal but assess with USG to confirm"
I can post values if that is helpful. We tested the urine and it was neither particularly concentrate or dilute, vet felt that probably suggested kidneys were functioning okay. Something in the blood work prompted the vet to put her on antibiotics and she is also trying an NSAID (anti-inflammatory). She is suggesting the conservative route of this treatment and perhaps inserting another suprelorin implant or a more invasive route of x-ray (not ultrasound) and exploratory laparotomy. I've already spent $500 with really no outcome. She took a sample of the fluid in her abdomen and it was very non-specific.
The keep returning to the adrenal but the vet doesn't seen convinced. She suggested if I wanted to be sure to run the adrenal panel which I thought was a complete waste of money going on her symptoms last time and how the implant corrected them.
The fluid in her abdomen did decrease in the past couple of days but I feel is a little bit up again today. She is eating but is stopping and looking a bit 'starey' and sleeping more than normal. She is definitely drinking more than normal and also scratching a lot. I think I might go and see my old vet and am now regretting I didn't do that to start with. I'm just not sure what to do next.
[In many parts of the world there are traveling
people who do ultrasounds who show up at clinics
once a week, so even if your clinic does not have
the equipment or training it may use someone who
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