Message Number: YG4586 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-06-15 17:35:00 UTC
Subject: Re Insulinoma and Pred Question

In a message dated 06/15/01 7:31:58 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< The ferret owner has booked the ferret in for insulinoma surgery on the 22
of June and the vet wants to give prednisolone to the ferret before the
operation to stabilize the blood sugars. The person has now asked me
whether that is a good idea so I thought I post to the list and ask whether
she should give her ferret pred in the week before the surgery?

I usually do. Getting the blood sugar more stable is a help for the ferret
dealing with surgery, and can stimulate appetite to build the ferrets body
weight up a bit. I know some of my colleagues feel differently, but I've had
good luck doing it. That also helps to prevent an episode before the surgery.

Dr. Ruth
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