From: Sandy Adams
Date: 2001-05-18 12:36:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Digest Number 189
Insulinoma is awful.. I feel so helpless with mine at times.. I do have one
question how often are you feeding Sterling??
My Cassiemonster had adrenal surgery in June of 99 hard to believe it's been
that long.. though the vet inspected her pancreas he found no visible
tumours.. after surgery she showed the classic symptoms of insulinoma.. and
at her first testing her glucose was 24.. *shudder*.. we started with .1 ml
of pediapred.. and Cass is now up to 1 ml in the morning and night.. the
only way we keep her with us though and out of seizure is by feeding 3times
per day.. between 6-7 a.m., 4-6 p.m., and then 10-11 p.m. at night.. if we
don't keep the schedule or don't make sure she eats, she gets in trouble
very quickly.. a few weeks ago she had a tummy upset that put her off her
food and I didn't catch it at first.. vet checked her over and after a round
of antibiotics and some coaxing to eat more she's back in pretty good
control.. I do have to say coming home and finding her almost comatose and
cold to the touch just about did me in..
She also is very overweight though the vet said that part of that is the
pediapred that she's on.. (we did do a biopsy of her fat pad at her neck
just to make sure it wasn't a tumour) my recipe is Totally Ferret for older
ferrets ground in the blender, one can of a/d, and water to make a soup.. I
make a blender full at a time because I have 5 oldsters and one fragile
middleager that eat it 3 times per day.. and of course the rest get it once
in a while as a treat.. we used to put Nutrical in it but removed it because
of her weight problem, I do add Dyne to the skinny oldsters bowls.. .but not
Cassie has lasted the longest with insulinoma.. she's been on pediapred now
since June of 99, I also have Coffee who is over 7 and is on .3 ml twice per
day she was diagnosed last year around september, and Rosie who is on .3 ml
twice per day.. Rosie was recently diagnosed about 4 months ago and I have
to really watch her because we don't have her regulated well yet..
Sandy & The Adams Family Ferrets
> Message: 13
> Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 10:09:57 -0400
> From: "Shortley, Lisa" <shortleylj@m...>
> Subject: Insulinoma - final treatments?
> Hi everyone!
> In March I had posted about Sterling (4.5 year old male) having
> He had surgery on 3/30 and my local vet removed two dime sized masses from
> his pancreas and sent them off to histo. She also removed 25% of his
> pancreas at this time and a large left adrenal.
> The report came back "islet cell carcinoma" one was off of the pancreas
> the other was the pancreatic lymph node encased in the islet cell
> carcinomas. Dr Williams, I know you remember this case.
> Sterling has continued to do poorly since his surgery - even moreso than
> before his surgery. He has episodes consisting of foaming at the mouth,
> drooling, extreme lethargy, stumbling (when he is even able to walk), and