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From: Stephanie
Date: 2001-06-17 21:36:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Need Help, would like DMV

I'm not a vet, nor do I play one on T.V., but I do have an
insulinomic fert and can try to share the stuff I have learned
along the way here. If there is a question that your fuzzy has
insulinoma, the most important things to do are 1) NO SUGAR -
this would include the Gatorade because sugar makes the
insulin spikes and drops more pronounced and 2) Frequent high
protein feedings - the best is stage 2 gerbers chicken baby
food about every 2-4 hours, it helps to stabilize the blood
sugars. And of course the best possible verification is to get
her to a vet and have a 3 hour fasting blood glucose check.

Dooks to the fuzzies,
with Maggie, Bullwinkle, Shasta, Emeline and Icabod

-----Original Message-----
From: Dianna Saenz []
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2001 12:49 PM


I have two rescues I took in about 2 weeks ago. One, I
previously about with the possible, probable adrenal with
the swollen vulva
that is a MF fert. But the other initially seemed healthy
and I weighted
her in at 1 lb and 11 oz. Well that was about 2 weeks ago
and since then,
she seems slightly slower than the others, doesn't run
around and play, I
saw her walking today and her rear end, just slowly fell to
the side and she
just laid there for a little bit. Then she got up and
walked again. I have
not seen her run and she just seems very sluggish. She has
a nice coat,
clear eyes, but they look sad (hope you have an idea what I
mean). I have
weighted her every few days and she is dropping an ounce
here and there.
Yesterday I pulled her out seperatly and gave her some soft
mushed gravy
type whiskers cat food. Just to make sure she was eating.
She ate about
4-5 tablespoons and seemed OK. Also about a week ago I
started getting her
on the same regimen as my other guys giving her the
ferratone about a dime
size every day to everyother day. At first she didn't like
it so I didn't
think she was getting it before. But now I can get her to
eat it. I
noticed some of these sluggish symptoms an such since then.
Now of course I
am thinking insulinoma. I have seen her sort of "look thru
me" and she just
doesn't seem right. I don't know how old she is, but I do
see tarter on the
incisors around the gums and a few of the back teeth as
well. She will just
let you hold her, and pet her and she will fall asleep. She
sleeps more
than the others. I timed her breathing and she had 21
breaths per minute,
what is normal. I am going to listen to her heart tonight
and I was
thinking of using an accu check to check her blood sugar,
can I just poke
one of her pads like humans do their fingers to get a small
blood sample ?
I have an appointment for Tuesday when I am taking all 5 to
knoledgable ferret vet that does surgeries and such and is
recommended by
the shelter and where they take all their fuzzies. I gave
her a 1/2 & 1/2
water to Gatorade mix of 10 cc today. What else should I
watch out for and
make note of to tell the vet when I take her in. I did
catch a fecal that
she went this afternoon, I put it in a baggie and I plan on
taking it on
Tues, is 48 hours refridgerated to long to do a sample on ?
Any advice or
suggestions welcome. I don't want to take her to the
emergency clinic as
they don't usually have ferret knowledgable vets there and I
think as long
as I keep a close eye on her and make sure she is eating
and going to the
bathroom and getting fluids I should be OK for 48 hours.
Sorry so long.
What do you think? Would really appreciate hearing form one
of the DMV's on
what I could tell them if I were their client. Thank you in
advance. Oh
and by the way when I weighted her today she was 1 lb 7 oz,
so a 4 oz loss
in 2 weeks. That is why the kitty food .

Dianna & The Animal House

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