Kidney Failure in Ferrets
If the presentation of symptoms is sudden and acute, then hospitalization is required; chronic kidney failure, meanwhile, may be managed by outpatient treatment. Ferrets suffering from kidney failure will often undergo fluid therapy to assist with depleted body fluid levels (dehydration). Dietary protein is sometimes restricted, since it can further compound the problem.
The types of medication prescribed will depend on the symptoms. If your ferret has stopped urinating, for example, diuretics may be given to increase urine output. There are also drugs to stop vomiting, decrease blood pressure, and minimize the acid production in the stomach.
Living and Management
Your ferret's prognosis will depend on the severity of the disease and its stages of progression. Acute renal failure has a poor prognosis due to the complications associated with the condition, such as sepsis and multiple organ failure; chronic renal failure tends to worsen over months, possibly even years. Both, however, typically incur high medical expenses due to the prolonged hospitalization. Monitor the ferret regularly for possible complications such as gastric bleeding, anemia, etc., and try to feed the animal a high-caloric diet. Seek your veterinarian's advice for the best type of kibble for your ferret's needs.
An involuntary action in which the muscles contract; caused by a problem with the brain.
A medical condition; the contamination of a living thing by a harmful type of bacteria
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The failure of the kidneys to perform their proper functions
The product of protein being metabolized; can be found in blood or urine.
Anything having to do with the stomach
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
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