Took Sophie to the vet today as I thought I could see an enlarged lymph node. He said she has a huge spleen which has displaced her intestines and kidneys. Showed me the x rays, where I could see a rather large something. This is the same vet who told me my Siamese cat was deformed and that was why he was coughing. (he isn't deformed, he has asthma). He wants to remove her spleen, if its cancerous, then it'll be out, if its not, then at least it's gone and she will be more comfortable. This is the only ferret vet I've found in Ct, so I feel kind of stuck. Please share your thoughts about this..
Hm. I think I'd look for a second opinion before subjecting my ferret to such an invasive procedure. Especially since you've had cause to question their ability to diagnose correctly based on the experience with your cat. Are there any colleges with a reputation for being a good veterinary school in your state? I believe they are supposed to have rather large spleens in the first place. ...that is, ferrets have large spleens...not colleges. lol
Hold her up and let her dangle. Does she have a huge bulge to the side? It will be extremely noticeable if her spleen is that big. If not- he is nuts. Ferrets tend to have larger spleens for their size than other animals anyway, and are much more at risk during surgery as they need to be kept artificially warm during the process.
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I would look for a new Vet. If you already have reason to be concerned, time to look around. Here is a link to our vet list, by country and state. See if there is one closer to you. If not, ask and we will try to find someone to give you a recommendation: holisticferret60.proboards.com/thread/13638/
Post by dorena261-Natalia on May 14, 2014 15:57:40 GMT -5
what about her stool? is it normal? enlarged spleen is usually a sign of a intestinals problem. i have a ferret with IBD, her spleen was hugh. it shrinked a little since she's on raw, but it's still enlarged. we just make a blood check every here and there, and that's it.
I only had to do one splenectomy, but I only have good expieriences with it... it really depends on the underlying cause and if you can't find an underlying cause, if you can't get it shrinked by administering drugs, it might be the only solution. my ferret had his food blocked in his stomach because his spleen was so huge that it built up pressure on other organs, he had bloating and strange funky poops before removal because the spleen blocked passage here and there; since we removed the spleen, poops turned back normal and he is now living more than a year without it... Even if it might shorten his life, I'm convinced that he gained quality of life... But every case is different and I guess most important would be to have a vet you fully trust in?
However I hope you find a solution and your ferret feels better soon!
Hi I would seek a second opinion not all ferrets have the same sized spleen ! I had a small jill who had a spleen like a male when she was 7 my vet expressed concern over the size of her spleen I refused an op as to to me there was no difference all her life she had had this funky bulge she lived to be 12 and died of old age ! I would always seek a second opinion before surgery such as this take care bye for now Bev
Hmmm, I suggest several ferret vets in FL but they never got added to the list. I see on the list that there are several in MA. Are you close enough to any of them?
A ferret's spleen will become enlarged for anything, including flu. I would also suggest a second opinion before doing any surgery.
Try messaging Jocelyn ( @jocie529 ). She was working on the list. At once point it got moved and disappeared into cyberspace and poor J had to start all over again. If you didn't resubmit your vet info post-disappearance of the list then that is likely why it is missing.