Message Number: YG4526 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-06-13 22:11:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Insulinoma

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., TR1212@A... wrote:
> One of my little guys has been diagnosed with the onset of
insulinoma. I was
> told to give him supplemental feedings of chicken baby food with
> yeast. After reading all the info on brewers yeast I deleted it
from his
> food. He is not on any meds. My question. I have been reading about
all of
> the duck soups others feed their little ones. I've tried three of
> recipes that I've found and none will eat any of them. They all
eat their
> pellet food - they eat Marshalls - and the only treat any of them
like is
> cheerios. Two of them love the chicken baby food. One has a very
> stomach and even licking a tiny bit off the spoon makes her start
gagging as
> if she's trying to throw up. Do they need all of the other things
that the
> duck soups have in them or are they getting what they need by
eating the
> Marshalls and the baby food? I have a few more duck soup recipes to
try. I
> will do anything for them and want to be sure I'm doing all that I
can to
> keep them as healthy as possible. Any input would be greatly

dear Tiffany - I do believe tht you will probably get varied answers
depending on who you ask. I am a firm believer in straight baby
food, but those who advocate enhanced dick soups will probably be
able to give you a persusaive argument as to why theirs is the best.

For my money, the baby food provides all of the nutrients an ill
ferret needs in the short term, and I recommend adding a high quality
ground ferret chow to the mix in increasing quantities once the
animal is back on a good plane of nutrition.

What is more of interest to me at this point i what your vet means by
the "onset of insulinoma". Is the animal hypoglycemic? How was this
diagnosis arrived at, and why were meds not discussed. True
hypoglycemia is not easily managed simply by diet.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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