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From: Chris
Date: 2012-01-14 22:04:29 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] What could be going on?
To: "AFA" <>, "CMF" <>, "DF" <>, "FML" <ferret-l@LISTSERV.FERRETMAILINGLIST.ORG>, "FH" <>, "Renee" <>

Just a quick question that hopefully someone can answer for us.

We have a 5.5 year old ferret that developed Adrenal Disease when he was 1.5
years old. He is not a candidate for a second surgery to remove his
remaining adrenal gland.

We have recently started him on Lupron and shortly after his last injection
of 300mcgs of Lupron he started to lose weight and became very lethargic,
almost completely stopped eating, but continued to drink, he has very runny
light colored stools (almost white or cream colored.) He is now getting duk
soup every 6 hours, along with Biomox & Flaygl.

During his last check up, the vet ran blood work that showed very high liver
values. According to the results, the liver values were astronomical
according to the vet.

What could be causing this to happen and what can we do to help him get

The vet said on his last visit that he has lost 40% of his body mass since
Please help us if you had any information to save Budder Beans life.

Thanks in advance. If the moderators feel this isn't something to benefit
other ferret rescues, breeders or owners, please feel free just replying to
me directly at this email address.


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[One of my ferrets had liver values that were off the chart. Blood work was repeated on a separate date because my vet couldn't believe that the first results were correct. However, they had been. Her ALT was 1915 IU/L and AST was 523 IU/L. Liver biopsy confirmed suppurative hepatitis. Antibiotics eventually cleared it up.

My vet consulted with Ferret GI Guru Dr. Mark Burgess on her case. You (and your vet) may be interested in this comprehensive paper found at:

However, it could be a neoplasm as well as other possibilities. I would suggest discussing with your vet further diagnostics i.e., liver biopsy, ultrasound and/or x-rays with your vet and possibly a professional consult with Dr. Burgess. - Moderator (TD)].


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