Message Number: FHL13290 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tressie"
Date: 2011-05-24 19:29:57 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Pyogranulomatous Steatitis

>From my quick research it appears that this condition is caused/exacerbated by improper diet in mink (and cats). Don't know if that is your case.

"It is caused by an overabundance of unsaturated fatty acids in the food and a deficiency of vitamin E and most commonly affects cats and mink. The disease affects both males and females – young, plump or well fed individuals – and is most prevalent in individuals that have had fish or fish by-products as all or part of their diet (Dr. Bari Spielman)."

The recommended treatment is:

•Elimination of the offending food from the diet

•Proper well balanced diet

•Administer vitamin E

If the diet is supplemented with any kind of oil (fish or vegetable), vitamin E must be added.

In dogs this condition is treated with antibotics but appears to be caused by many more conditions. Since ferrets are closely related to mink, it may be worth pursuing how this condition is treated in mink.

"A disease of cats and mink characterized by a marked inflammation of adipose tissue and the deposition of "ceroid" pigment in the interstices of the adipose cells. It is believed to be caused by feeding diets containing too much unsaturated fatty acid and too little vitamin E. (Merck Veterinary Manual, 5th ed; Stedman, 25th ed)"


[Thanks, Tressie, for picking up
what I dropped.

-- Moderator (SDC) ]


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