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From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-06-25 18:37:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Vets please: prednisolone dosage

A blood glucose of 25mg/dl is extemely low. For a ferret that hasn't
had a gradual decrease in glucose levels, giving it time to become
somewhat used to that low level, 25mg/dl would probably send the
ferret into a hypoglycemic seizure at the very least.

I'm not a vet and you should consult your vet on the topic of dosage
for Jilly... but 1.5mg a day is not a terribly large dose. My
reference says up to 2mg per kg, twice a day is the largest effective
dose. I know some who have given more, but each case is different so
one shouldn't judge by what works for someone else.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Ulrike" <ferretlove@n...> wrote:
> Hello
> My Jilly has insulinoma and is on pred, Jack gets it for lymphoma.
My vet
> told me to give Jack a 1mg tablet once a day, is that okay or is it
> to give pred twice a day? My vet also told me to give Jilly 1mg
once a day
> but I give it to her twice a day...
> Now, Jack is 1.8kg, is 1mg not a very small dose? Should he be
> more? If so, how much?
> And Jilly is starting to experience very low sugars again, I did a
> sugar reading last Saturday, Jilly had been just fine and not
showing any
> signs of low sugar but then she deteriorated before my eyes and I
did a
> glucose test and it was 25mg/dl... Is that very low? It's my first
> experience with insulinoma... As I said, she gets 0.5mg morning
and night,
> I increased it to 0.75mg morning and night so 1 1/2mg per day but
she isn't
> doing much better, how much can I give her, can I just double her
dose? My
> vet isn't very experienced with ferrets, she is a great vet and
knows a lot
> but I think she thinks that pred is bad and that ferrets get a lot
of side
> effects from it like immune system suppression like other animals...
> Thanks for any help...
> From Ulrike
> and Jilly, Jack, Bella, Tom, Mason, Baby, Dana, Fox, Reno, Rose,
> Spike, Hobo, Gremlin and Bobby
> Missing Angel, Hope, Igor and Barney
> West Wales Ferret Welfare
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