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From: Katrina Ramsell
Date: 2011-05-30 03:02:14 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] seedy diarrhea, kidney values
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I'm not surprised that the lipase is very elevated if the little one has some foreign bodies. In ferrets, the lipase value is often associated with a gastric (stomach) lipase, whereas in cats and dogs lipase is usually associated with a pancreatic lipase. In ferrets, the value increases with anything that is irritating to the stomach - chemical, physical, it could be a foreign body or hair ball scratching on the surface of the stomach, an ulcer, Helicobacter, etc. It sounds like you are in good hands. Good luck!


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> Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 12:37:58 -0700
> Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] seedy diarrhea, kidney values
> Hi Dr. Ramsell and other FHL members, On Shane's first blood test, everything but the creatinine was normal is what the vet told me, I don't have any actual paperwork. I ended up taking him into the hosp yesterday, he was not acting like himself. They gave him fluids and pepcid and retested his blood... everything came back in the normal ranges... except for the lipase, which the vet said is really elevated. She also did xrays, found 2 foreign bodies. She said they are the end of the colon, so he should be passing them soon. They will be on the lookout for those, and will see if that resolves the diarrhea... if not, she is leaning towards IBD. Thank you for your help.
> Andrea
> --- On Sat, 5/28/11, Katrina Ramsell wrote:
> My normal range for creatinine in ferrets is 0.2-1.3 mg/dl. What are you feeding? What are the globulin, BUN, and glucose levels? How are the white blood cell, neutrophil, and lymphocyte counts?
> Katrina Ramsell Ph.D, DVM
> [After they come out put them in a plastic
> zip lock bag, hold it up to the light and use
> your fingers on the outside of the bag to
> see if that is sufficient to make out what is
> causing the blockage (If not clean the blockage
> in water.) Knowing the cause is important in
> case you can remove whatever is the problem.
> If this ferret is one who eats in bed remove any
> beds with fake sheep's fleece. That stuff looks
> like fur but is actually indigestible threads which
> clump together too easily. You can cover fake
> sheep's fleece with cloth sewn over if you want
> and then the beds stay soft but clean far more
> easily and thoroughly, and last about 4 or 5 times
> longer. It's just a nuisance. We've been through
> that, both for the blockage and the repair and a
> microscope and how the threads behaved on
> examination made it obvious that only a tiny bit
> was real fur rather than those indigestible thin
> threads.
> -- Moderator (SDC this time)]
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