Message Number: FHL14101 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tressie"
Date: 2011-10-01 18:22:19 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Pred's Ineffective (was) Re: Calcification of the Vertebral Colum

Hi Jewels,

I am afraid the vet, although inexperienced with ferrets, may be correct. Fat pads do not develop in a matter of days no matter how much the ferret overeats. Its likely swollen lymph nodes, which are a strong sign of lymphoma.

I think the fact that she was honest about not being experienced is a huge plus! I also think her intuition may be correct. I have always stressed to my vets, I'd rather have an honest "I don't know," than have you guessing what it might be.

IF it is lymphoma increasing the pred to a chemo level might help, that will need to be discussed with your vet. Getting him to your ferret experienced vet for a second opinion would be a good idea.

In the interim, there is no need to panic. Prepare yourself mentally for the worst, and hope for the best.

Until you receive further guidance from a vet, the right decision is to continue caring for him as you have been.



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