Message Number: YG5271 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-07-08 07:46:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Insulinoma Advice

In a message dated 07/08/01 4:55:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Is surgery appropriate when
the BG levels are so low or does this mean that it is so advanced
that it
isn't worth it? My vet has not ruled out surgery but thinks it
should be
considered if the symptoms get worse.

My first recommendation with an insulinomic ferret is surgery if the
can tolerate it. If not, definitely something more than
supplemental feeding
needs to be done - there are medications that make a big difference
for them,
such as Pred or Proglycem. Even if the insulinoma is advanced,
surgery still
may help the ferret by lowering or even eliminating the need for
for a while.

Good luck with him, but at a BG of 45, you need to do something
here. And my
first choice would be surgery.

Dr. Ruth
Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.