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From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2012-01-22 20:53:40 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: Spleen Removal

I'm curious... why is surgery not an option for a three year old? Are
there other medical issues that would affect treatment?

When Kodo was around nine he had a hugely enlarged spleen and was not
a surgical candidate. It was so huge that it impacted his mobility.
Our vet prescribed Clavamox, three weeks on, two weeks off, to reduce
the size of his spleen by attacking any underlying infection. The
first round of Clavamox reduced his spleen to normal size. Two weeks
later it was enlarged again (though not to the same extent we saw
originally) and a second round of Clavamox began. It didn't help quite
as much but it did help and Kodo was able to run around and play

At the time we weren't concerned with the long term effects of
extended antibiotic use because Kodo didn't have a long term due to
his age and multiple health issues. Obviously this would be an issue
with a three year old.

The usual disclaimer applies: I am not a vet and haven't even played
one on TV. I'm just relating my experience in a similar situation
with one of my ferrets.

All the best,
with Zephyr and Chin Soon

On 1/22/12, katt_patt <> wrote:
> I also have wondered about this. My coming 3yr has an enlarged spleen and
> it has gone down a little but just doesn't want to go down so that he
> doesn't have a ball that he drags around.
> Do they have to go onto any meds other then post-surgical?


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