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From: Diane K
Date: 2001-08-13 12:53:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Whipping cream in lieu of pred?

I wanted to bump this topic up in hopes that one of the veterinarians
on this board may be able to shed some light on this since so many of
us deal with ferrets with insulinoma.

I've had 3 ferrets that have been treated for insulinoma....including
a pancreactectomy. And even with surgery, pred is still being
prescribed because her glucose is still very low without the pred.

Can any vets here clarify for us the benefits that heavy whipping
cream could possibly bring positive results to ferrets with
insulinoma? I am very curious and interested in the opinions and
facts you would be willing to offer on this topic. Thank you.

-- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Dennis Jones" <ferritz@e...> wrote:
> Greetings,
> Someone posted on my board that their vet prescribed whipping cream
> instead of pred for insulinoma. This vet said that adding fat is
> effectual in treating insulinoma. The ferret is 7 years old, and
> BG was 42 at the time the whipping cream was prescribed. "Dosage":
> tablespoon 2-3 times daily. It has been several weeks since the
> whipping cream has been used and the poster claims there have been
> seizures (I assume any level of hypoglycemia). Prior to this, a
> change in kibbles almost caused a complete cessation of the
> but they returned a few weeks later with greater frequency and
> intensity.
> Personally speaking, I've never heard this before (I've had 5
> insulinomic ferrets myself). I doubt whipping cream can be a
> substitute for pred, but I'd like to hear some professional
> on this. Knowing less than nothing about how foods are broken down
> and processed in the body, I'm very curious about this. Are there
> *any* benefits to giving an insulinomic ferret whipping cream?
> Thank you!
> Dennis
> the Ferret Realm