Kidney Failure in Ferrets

PetMD Editorial
Jun 21, 2010
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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.

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