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Old 04-22-2012, 05:55 PM
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Honestly, if it were me, I'd put her on a dose of prednisone for life, amoxycillin and pepto for 30 days and call it that, metronidazole added if she gets diarrhea.

now, I may be wrong, but she's an older ferret, isn't she? I'd have to be really desperate to put an older ferret through surgery, and it would have to be real good odds.

As far as cost goes, you are easily looking into $1000+. To simply cut off a part of Harley's tail was $600 easily

ETA: that wasn't supposed to come off as.... Knowitall as it did xD obviously, you and your vet know her and her situation more than I do, so anything I say should be taken with a grain of salt. Etc and so forth
I always appreciate your input! Didn't sound "know-it-all"-ish at all.

I thought she was younger than what she was. I've had her for just over a year and when I adopted her the rescue estimated her age to be around two or three, but she was found as a stray so it was approximate. Her vet paperwork says she's four.

She's improved over the weekend. I was gone Friday evening, all day Saturday, and this morning due to work and the Grand Prix race on campus (my sister was watching after the animals for me), but when I got home this afternoon she's a lot more perky than she was. I have her on the same dosage of Pred that Dameon is on, so I'm hoping that has done something.

I'm honestly not sure if I'm going to put her through surgery. I don't have the money for it and if she's stable I'd rather just maintain her. I'm going to talk with my vet tomorrow and get her opinion (or, rather, the specialist's opinion she's talked to) and then go from there. But right now, especially now that she's perked up and is being onrey again, I'm leaning against surgery.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:36 PM
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Glad she's perkier! Yah definitely a 4 year old, I'd be reluctant to do surgery on unless I was certain it would get rid of the issue completely. Definitely keep an eye on her poops too, if the spleen is that large it can easily cause diarrhea which can be solved with metronidazole so she doesn't become dehydrated.

Do you have them on prednisone, or prednisolone? It you can, I'd do prednisolone rather, it pretty much has none of the real bad side effects of pred, since it doesn't affect the liver (their liver turns pred into prednisolone to use).
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:21 PM
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Glad she's perkier! Yah definitely a 4 year old, I'd be reluctant to do surgery on unless I was certain it would get rid of the issue completely. Definitely keep an eye on her poops too, if the spleen is that large it can easily cause diarrhea which can be solved with metronidazole so she doesn't become dehydrated.

Do you have them on prednisone, or prednisolone? It you can, I'd do prednisolone rather, it pretty much has none of the real bad side effects of pred, since it doesn't affect the liver (their liver turns pred into prednisolone to use).
So far her poops have been normal - Dameon was having some diarrhea issues for a spell, but that seems to be cleared up now *knock on wood*. But I'll keep an eye on it for sure.

I have them on prednisone, currently, but we're starting to run low so when I talk with my vet tomorrow I'll ask her about converting their prescription over to prednisolone. Is it the same basic cost/treatment plan?

Since her rads and bloodwork came back normal (or as normal as they could be under the circumstances), I really think it is just idiopathic splenomegaly. And if that is the case, if she made it through surgery, her prognosis would be fairly good. So I'm still torn on what to do...we'll see. As horrible as it may sound, I think cost will be the determining factor. If she will maintain a good quality of life either way (with pros and cons for each scenario), I'll probably go with the cheaper option.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:30 PM
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I *believe* Prednisolone is cheaper, but I'm not certain on that -- I've always done alternate medications because Pred is rediculously expensive here. It's the same dosage, and pretty well the same thing, it just acts quicker.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:51 PM
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Talked with the vet and we won't be pursuing any other diagnostics/treatment at this time. We're just going to keep her on a dose of pred and hope she maintains as she is.
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Hope everything works out okay, and she's feeling better!!
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:50 AM
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She's almost back to her normal self, so I really think the steroids are helping out. She's still on limited activity so she doesn't wear herself out and I'm only trying to let her out when someone is there to supervise encase she decides to be a kamikazi ferret and do something that could injure/rupture her spleen, but she's doing great. When my boyfriend asked how she was doing and I was telling him our medication plan he laughed and said, "I think she was just jealous that Dameon was getting meds and she wanted some, too." Which is a likely scenario. Silly girl.
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