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From: Stephanie
Date: 2001-06-24 15:58:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] RE: ? for vets

Hi Sukie,

She is now on Pred 2x day along with frequent high protein
meals (chicken baby food mixed with kibble). My vet wants to
see how she does with that before we do surgery. She is pretty
old, but we don't know exactly how old since we rescued her
from a neglectful home. She is pretty healthy other than
having low BG and being thin. It's really a toss up at this
point of how we want to proceed with surgery or meds. Any

Thanks to everyone who has helped me understand this better.

with Maggie, Bullwinkle, Shasta, Emeline and Icabod
-----Original Message-----
From: Sukie Crandall []
Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2001 2:43 PM

>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?

Stephanie, Pedialyte won't do a thing to help her gain
weight. It's
an electrolyte replacement for when they have diarrhea.

What happens if you increase her fat intake, as in giving
her a/d
which you can buy in cans from your vet? I'd expect that to
better than most other things since we have had fine results
with it
over the years for weight gain. Mix it with a bit of heated
water to
get up to about body temp or a little above and it will
stink to high
heaven which they tend to love. Introduce her to it from

Lasix is a diuretic which helps the ferret lose extra fluid
if she
has certain medical conditions that cause that complication.

What approach is being used? Surgery planned? Meds? Which

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