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From: kathie weber
Date: 2001-06-22 18:27:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] ? for vets

Barney is 7 years old and has insulinoma. He takes
pred once a day and is on a mixture of chicken baby
food and homemade chicken broth with some papaya
tablets, Vitamin E and his amoxicillen added twice a
day. He won't eat his dry food, even if I soak it
first. He acts like it's caught in his mouth. Also he
gave up his cheerios. What do I feed him? He's got
diarrhea (green) thats why he's on antibiotics. The
vet says he's ready to cross the bridge and it's only
time. Any advice
--- Stephanie <steph@t...> wrote:
> 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,
> Stephanie
> with Maggie, Bullwinkle, Shasta, Emeline and Icabod
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Penelapee@e...
> [mailto:Penelapee@e...]
> Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 7:43 AM
> To:
> Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] ? for vets
> Hi
> 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 prevention,
> 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 became
> 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 thought
> he acted like he had emphasema. He took a couple
> radiographs and
> said he looks much better than he sounds, but he
> has an enlarged
> 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 were
> slightly increased, TP was 8.5g/dl but the rest of
> his chem panel
> 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 drinking
> 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 change.
> 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
> Sue
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