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From: Public Relations
Date: 2001-02-25 12:35:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] foam around mouth & hind legs weak

Hello Micaela,

AS a layman, it sounds to me like your Bonesy needs to see a vet right away
and be checked for insulinoma among perhaps other things.

The lethargy, foaming at mouth, staring off into space, whining, inability
to walk without falling or staggering, etc. are all what we assess here at
the shelter as symptoms of most likely insulinoma. A disorder which causes
too much insulin in the blood system. The best quick check for his disease
is to take honey or karo syrup on a q tip and rub it across your ferrets
gums. If in about 15 minutes the ferret seems to appear better-- this
highly suggests a low blood sugar disorder. If this is the case-- I
strongly suggest you make an appointment ASAP- tomorrow for a fasting blood
glucose test and an exam by a ferret knowledgeable vet. Insulinoma is
treatable and you may be able to provide some quality time for your ferret.

Sending best wishes and healing thoughts=--

shelter Mom Ferret Wise

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At 02:26 PM 2/25/01 -0600, you wrote:
>Hello everyone.
> I just read about this list on the FML this morning & subscribed. I was
> hoping I wouldn't have to post for a long, long time.
>I went in the ferret room today & found my old man Bones (8 yrs old) lying
>in the middle of the floor. I said 'what you doing Bonesies' & he raised
>up his head & looked at me. I went in to get him & I noticed he had FOAM
>around his mouth.
> I brought him into the living room & he is really acting like he isn't
> doing good.
> He got up & used the bathroom right where he was, ( he never does that)
> & tried to get on the floor to go again, I put him down & he started
> having what looked & sounded to me like a sneezing fit, then just laid on
> his side on the floor.
> I put him back on the couch & he laid down with his eyes half open for
> about 20 minutes or so then got up & went to the bathroom( a little)
> where he was again.
>I put him on the floor he acted like his hind legs wouldn't support him,
>trying to walk & he had another sneezing fit & laid on his side.
> He is sneezing & whining.When I just put him down he walks a step or two
> & his back legs went sideways & he will just lie down.
>& he just had another sneezing fit. Okay I am really worried about him...
> I am hoping just maybe he has a "bug" with the sneezing. I am worried I
> guess because he is getting so old, & that he isn't walking or making it
> out of his sleeping area for the potty.
> I have had Bones since he was a kit, he was my first ferret. He has been
> doing great lately, more active than usual & going through the 20 ft tube
> to the living room cage from the ferret room.Health history: He has had
> two surgeries for bladder stones in the past 3 years. I had worried about
> him having adrenal cancer because he has lost & grown back in his hair
> twice in the last 4 years, right now he has all his beautiful fur.
>Any advice would be appreciated, I am very worried about my old man. I've
>never seen him do this before. I would like to know what to suggest to my
>vet tomorrow if I need to take him . And would like to hear from
>experienced with this, I have 5 ferrets (6 here including my friends )
>.But my Bones is the oldest...
> Thank you,
> ~Micaela~
> ~Bones~Sno~Cleo~
>~Zeus~Sammy~& Dito~
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