From: Ella Boo Bella
Date: 2011-05-13 01:27:50 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] 7 yr 9 mo old panting
To: FHL posting <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sorry about the title and any typos. Using my phone due to no Internet.
My Pixie is almost 8 and has adrenal and insulinoma. The insulinoma symptoms began showing after her first ferretonin implant. She was on prednisone for IBD but was switched to prednisolone a couple months ago. She was active and playful before the implant.
Adrenal signs still show (hair loss) and some general grumpiness towards the other ferrets, mostly the "leave me alone!" kind of thing. She was thin prior to the prednisolone and now has a pred belly which lately feels like a water balloon.
She stopped eating on her own and won't take treats anymore. She does eat the kibble soup I made for her. She also goes potty all over the cage now and never goes to the litter area now.
Leg weakness prominent and her increased weight doesn't help. She's been laying and panting today but will still eat when I feed her soup. She is also crying/grunting when she pees and poops. Both seem normal though she is urinating a lot, I assume from the pred.
Sometimes when she is panting she whimpers a little.
Not sure if it's her lymph glands in her neck that are puffy, or fat pads, but it's noticeable.
I am calling the vet tomorrow. I'm not sure what to ask the vet for when I call him tomorrow and was hoping someone could suggest something. Under normal financial circumstances there wouldn't be a thought but for just taking her in. I want the visit to count. Do u want to try and get it right on this visit.
What can be done? Ant ideas of what it could be? What do i ask??
Sent from Ella's iBoo 4
[Any ferret who feels like a water balloon
needs to get to the vet NOW and be imaged
for heart disease (may not show up except
with ultrasound if it is hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy) and perhaps also checked
for less common causes of ascites like
lymphoma, liver disease, or kidney disease.
So, no waiting, please!
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