Message Number: YG3095 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-01 09:55:00 UTC
Subject: 2nd Post...Dr.'s please help!

I will try to be brief with my ferret's symptoms as she has been seen
by a vet 5 out of the last 6 days but a diagnosis still escapes him
(us). Blood tests are all normal. Fasting BG is 87. Symptoms are
hind leg weakness, teeth grinding. She didn't eat (or poop, for the
most part, if she did it was diarrhea) for 2 days. She was extremely
weak and lethargic. (Seemed like classic insulinoma). I took her to
the vet at that point. X-Rays show no blockages. She was force fed
and had Sub-Q fluids injected for 3 days and started eating and
drinking on her own. Her legs have gotten stronger and she is
pooping normally again. She is still doing the teeth grinding and
though legs are stronger, they aren't perfect. She's 6 ½ years old.
Vet doesn't think it's insulinoma or if it is, it's very early stage.
He is familiar with ferrets and Drs Williams and Weiss so I am fairly
confident with him. He also feels if it were insulinoma, there would
NOT be improvement. Someone suggested coccidia. My vet doesn't
think that's it. She doesn't come into contact with other animals
and she's 6 1/2. He still thinks it could be early insulinoma. Hind
legs are stronger since last post but still grinding teeth and seems
tired. Started giving antibiotics on Saturday but she hates them!
Should I force them? I'm told teeth grinding indicates pain and the
last thing I want is for her to be in pain. I would like to relieve
it somehow!! Would you please provide me with your interpretation?