From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2012-01-06 19:15:14 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Deslorelin Weight Gain
Was her ultrasound a single cavity or double cavity one? (If only single cavity her heart may bear checking if the weight gain is ascites though there can be other causes of ascites including lymphoma.)
There can be many reasons for fluid retention if that is what is happening.
Some individuals have their bodies work extra hard to retain fluids if they are losing them at a rapid rate and may even bloat as a result. I don't know if that happens among ferrets, but it can among humans. (My paternal grandfather was the survivor of what was called dysentery at the time but might actually have been typhoid -- family cistern water from a house near a harbor -- which killed half of his siblings in very short order. All the survivors and some of us who are descended from them have the ability to gain and hold a lot -- a gallon or more -- of water weight when our bodies suffer illnesses that cause rapid fluid loss. So, yes, I can have my weight go up 8 pounds or more within a day with great thirst if ill enough which leads to the question of how much your ferret is drinking compared to how much is being lost.) IF ferrets can do the same thing then it might be the ferret's body trying to retain fluids despite the loss from intestinal woes, but certainly other possibilities need to be checked so that treatment responses can be made if additional problems are found.
Sukie (not a vet)
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