Message Number: YG1857 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-29 17:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Insulinoma/neurological disorders

I think now my vet has changed his mind about thinking that the
problem is an atrophied adrenal gland. Because Rascal's insulin
level was 23.8 when he tested it (for the first time) four days after
surgery, he now believes that is the problem. I am confused about
why there were no signs of insulinoma before he nearly died after
surgery. I am sure about one thing, though, and that is that I will
never have surgery done again without having a complete blood workup
done first. Rascal is now on prednisone and his seizures are not as
severe as they were (his surgery was on 3/20), although he still has
them regularly. He can eat from a dish now as long as I wake him up
and prop him up on a towel. I am feeding him every 2-3 hours. I am
just hoping that in time he will recover enough to enjoy his life
again. I appreciate everyone who has e-mailed me about this. I have
had ferrets for over 3 years and have been fortunate enough not to
have had any health problems until now. I have only had Rascal for
about 8 months. I "rescued" him from a teenager who never took him
out of his cage. It took a few months to get him happy and healthy,
but he turned into a real "mamma's boy." Hopefully, I will get
my "mamma's boy" back!

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Sukie Crandall <sukiecrandall@t...>
> Joy, I guess that what the person wants to know most about is
> hormonal replacement post-surgically for ferrets which lose both
> adrenals or have an atrophied one. Is this correct? Some ferrets
> need none because enough tissue remains, some need Prednisone, and
> some need Florinef or an alternative. We have one now at home on
> both Prednisone and Florinef with excellent results.