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From: Lynne Troy
Date: 2001-06-22 23:21:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ? for vets

I too used to use Ensure in my duck soup until Taz was diagnosed with
insulinoma. I then switched to the diabetic version of Ensure called
Glucerna. I fed this to him the last 2 years of his life (he lived
to be 12) and along with his daily dosage of pred, he never had a
problem with his glucose level and weighed about 2.5 lbs.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Stephanie" <steph@t...> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have a question that kind of pertains to this. I, too, have an
> 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
> about giving her Ensure or Boost or something like that in the soup
> 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
> 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: Ferret-Health-list@y...
> Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] ? for vets
> Hi
> I have a approx 7 year old, 1 kg, MF male ferret I acquired 8
> ago. He is vaccinated with Galaxy-D, HW negative and on
> eats totally ferrt, and is AD negative. He has insulinoma and
> fine on pred 1mg PO BID. Recently I had a bad case of influenza
> before I knew it my ferret was ill. He started sneezing. A few
> later he started having clear to brown nasal discharge and I put
> 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.
> 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 enlarged
> heart and some fluid in his lungs. So he drew some blood and ran
> 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,
> was 43%, and lymphs were 1%. The vet gave him a lasix injection
> sent me home with oral lasix. He said continue the amoxi drops
> 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
> He sounds very congested in the nasal area. I think his nose is
> congested. The vet said we could add enacard too, but we have to
> very careful.
> So my question is am I doing all I can? Is there anything I can
> to clear up his head? He is still really sneezing and I can hear
> 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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