Message Number: YG1420 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-18 10:02:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Another High? Glucose question

Hi Debi,
You have an interesting ferret there. Transient
diabetes is something we see in cats (roughly 20% of
the time). Future need for insulin depends on how much
damage was done to the islet cells of the pancreas. Some
will not need insulin and some will. The best thing is to
routinely check his glucose. If the glucose goes above 200
then it is time to start back on insulin. Signs to watch for:
If you notice him drinking more water and urinating normal or larger
normal amounts frequently then check his glucose.
Hopefully he will not need insulin in the future, but we cannot
predict the future.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM