Message Number: YG7216 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-09-11 22:28:00 UTC
Subject: Re: insulinoma and other health questions

If you're not going to opt for surgery for the insulinoma, it seems
to me that with a blood glucose of 36 mg/dl, 0.5mg of pred twice a
day would be a reasonable starting dosage. Personally, I wouldn't
reduce it to once a day, but I'm not a vet, and definitely recommend
discussing this with your vet.

Without any other sort of treatment, his blood glucose isn't likely
to increase or stabilize on its own, and slowly reducing the
prednisone doesn't seem like the way to go. It would probably be best
to give him this dose for a week or two and then have his blood
glucose retested and adjust accordingly. This is a more common
course of action.

I don't know if his excessive water intake would have any bearing on
the prednisone dosage.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Vicky" <ferretmama226@y...> wrote:
> moucousy poops, but they have stopped. Saturday we took a glucose
> reading at the ferret shelter I volunteer for... it was 36. Today
> went to the vet and it was 39, so he has been started on pred. The
> dosage is 0.5 cc 2x a day for 5 days, then 0.5 cc 1x a day for 5
> days, then as needed. Is this a usual prescription? I thought
> it would be something that he should take daily for the rest of his
> life. Can someone tell me I should give it to him "as needed"
> the first 10 days or if I should continue to give it to him daily?