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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-08-27 17:58:00 UTC
Subject: Re: rear leg weakness after surgery-when does it subside?

>My 2.5 year old ferret just had surgery for insulinoma three days
>ago. He also had his left adrenal removed. Prior to the surgery, Bo
>had very weak hind legs. I know that this is a common symptom of
>insulinoma but I was wondering if anyone knows how long, on average,
>it takes for the symptoms to go away or at least to lessen. Also,
>are there any suggestions for speeding up recovery? Bo seems to want
>to walk around and check things out but he gets too tired. He is
>also still eating his kibble on his own every few hours. Should I
>supplement him with feedings of duck soup? Thanks for any
>suggestions or thoughts. Ü

Let him be tired for a few days to a week, and then try to keep him a
bit quieter than he'll want to be for up to a week more. There have
been too many who died because they did too much early on post-op,
which is why they should not climb. In a few days you most likely
will be TRYING to keep him quieter than he will want to be!
Meanwhile, use careful post-op care. Supplementing him will depend
on if he seems to be eating or drinking enough.