Message Number: YG2154 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Regina Harrison
Date: 2001-04-04 08:10:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Pancreatic Disease

> Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 17:37:39 EDT
> From: ChaoticFer8s@a...
>Subject: Diet, Late Neuters, Adrenal & Pancreatic Disease
>I do not give my ferrets sweets, fruit or even raisins. This may sound
> >awful to some people.....but then again, rare for an insulinoma! ...
> >Bottom line - if it is not good for them, please don't feed them
>sweets or any fruit. You are not being mean, you are protecting your
>precious baby.

Although I fully agree with what Meg says here, I would like to point out
that not giving sweets to your ferret doesn't guarantee no insulinoma. Wow,
that was a bunch of negatives... My case in point is that my ferret Amelia
has never been given sweet treats, but at a little over 6 she developed
signs of insulinoma and was subsequently diagnosed with it (her initial
glucose reading was 47, and now she's stabilized in the low 70s with
pediapred). I knew with Cully that his previous owner had given him
yoghurt-covered raisins for treats, so I was pretty much expecting
insulinoma with him, but I didn't expect it at all with Amelia.

That being said, though, she has always been on a kibble diet; I think
kibble is a good and useful thing, but future ferrets of mine will get a
more varied diet, because I can't help but agree with Meg, Bob, etc about
ferret diets, even though it will not be what is most convenient for me
(plunk kibble in dish, as opposed to preparing food on a regular basis).


Regina Harrison regina_z@h... or regina@c...

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you can call these rivers streets
you can tell yourself you're dreaming, buddy
but no sleep runs this deep

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