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From: Stephanie
Date: 2001-06-22 15:36:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] ? for vets

Hi All,

I have a question that kind of pertains to this. I, too, have
an insulinomic ferret and I only feed him water, a modified
duck soup every few hours and have kibble always available.
His cage mate recently had her blood drawn and also showed a
low BG so we are afraid she might also have insulinoma. He is
getting chubby, but she needs to gain a bit of weight and I
had thought about giving her Ensure or Boost or something like
that in the soup (some recipes call for that), but I found out
they have sugar and so are out of the question. In this post
it mentions giving Pedialite to the Insulinomic fert; is
Pedialite sugar free? Would that help her to gain weight?
Could I put it in the soup?

Also, I've seen a lot of posts referring to Lasix. Is this for
the Insulinoma or the viral infection/chest congestion?

Thanks for everyone's help,
with Maggie, Bullwinkle, Shasta, Emeline and Icabod
-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 7:43 AM

I have a approx 7 year old, 1 kg, MF male ferret I acquired
8 months
ago. He is vaccinated with Galaxy-D, HW negative and on
eats totally ferrt, and is AD negative. He has insulinoma
and doing
fine on pred 1mg PO BID. Recently I had a bad case of
influenza and
before I knew it my ferret was ill. He started sneezing. A
few days
later he started having clear to brown nasal discharge and I
put him
on Benadryl 1mg PO TID and Amoxi drops. A few days later he
dyspnic and I took him to the vet to rule out any heart
problems. (no
fever, crusting of paws, rash on chin, etc) The veterinarian
he acted like he had emphasema. He took a couple
radiographs and
said he looks much better than he sounds, but he has an
heart and some fluid in his lungs. So he drew some blood
and ran a
CBC and Chem panel. The BG was very low at 17 mg/dl, glob
slightly increased, TP was 8.5g/dl but the rest of his chem
including electrolytes was normal. His WBC count was
10,000mm3, PCV
was 43%, and lymphs were 1%. The vet gave him a lasix
injection and
sent me home with oral lasix. He said continue the amoxi
drops and
give 50 ml of fluids SQ SID. He is eating a/d well and
pedialtye. He will not eat totally ferret right now. It has
been 3
days since his vet appointment and I have not seen much of a
He sounds very congested in the nasal area. I think his
nose is all
congested. The vet said we could add enacard too, but we
have to be
very careful.
So my question is am I doing all I can? Is there anything I
can give
to clear up his head? He is still really sneezing and I can
hear him
wheeze even while sleeping. I am willing to do anything I
can to
make him comfortable, but I do not want to put him through
much if it
is better to put him to rest. What is the max dose I can
give of
lasix and prednisone?
Thank you for all your help and suggestions

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