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From: Stephanie
Date: 2001-08-15 22:13:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] questions about proglycem and

I do the proglycem (diazoxide is the generic name) along with
the pred. It didn't seem to work that well when we lowered the
pred. Also, you don't mention his diet at all. I have found
that frequent small meals of chicken baby food spaced about
every 3-4 hours apart helps to keep my guy feeling even better
than the meds alone. I wish you all the luck as Insulinoma can
be draining on the human having to administer it all.

Dooks to you and yours,
with Maggie, Bullwinkle, Shasta, Emeline and Icabod
-----Original Message-----
From: Lori Crawford []
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 3:42 PM
To: ferret health

Hello again-- sorry to keep filling up your email boxes with
insulinoma questions, but I'm having a hard time getting the
I need from my vet.

My six-year-old Unagi Inu had surgery for insulinoma in May,
and has
been on prednisone ever since. We've maxed out the dosage
and he's been
gradually declining-- less and less energy, more and more
spaced out. I
took him to the most ferret-experienced vet I could find in
Western MA,
and she said she had never treated a ferret with insulinoma
medication-- only surgery and diet. We got a prescription
for proglycem
and I'd like to try adding that to his treatment, but the
vet wasn't
sure of the details.

Can I give the proglycem at the same time as the prednisone,
or should I
give it some amount of time before or after? Also, can I
mix the
proglycem with a little mashed-up kibble to help him eat it?
Once he's
on proglycem twice a day, does he still need the full dose
prednisone? Can proglycem work by itself with no

As for the vomiting I posted about earlier, the vet
pepto-bismol. Boy, does Unagi not like the taste of that.
But it's
worth having pink foam in my hair if it keeps him from
throwing up... so
far, so good.

Thank you for all of your help!

Lori and Unagi Inu

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