Message Number: YG4313 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-06-04 23:05:00 UTC
Subject: Re: insulinoma

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., kathie weber <kathiewglb@y...> wrote:
> I just found out that my 7 year old fuzzy barney has
> insulimona. he's on predisone and i found a recipe on
> the net for a special treat with lots of vitamins and
> baby food and chicken broth. does anyone out there
> have any tips on living with my barn? during his exam
> the dr found a large tumor in the belly are and
> cataracts in both eyes. she decided that to operate
> would be a death sentence and as long as he seems pain
> free we'll let the tumor alone. any help out there?

Dear Kathie:

I guess that I am more proactive on surgery than most, but exactly
why did your vet say that surgery to remove the large tumor was a
death sentence? Cataracts certainly aren't the cause, and ferrets
with insulinoma are operated on daily. Is there something else that
would make him a poor surgical candidate - heart disease, etc.?

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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