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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-11 08:43:53 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Diabetic ferret
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By the way all of what you describe sounds like a pancreatitis which could
include a high blood glucose. In some animals feeding is not a great idea
but these animals usu have vomiting which we don't see as often in ferrets.
Again good luck.

Dr. Sue

>Subject: [ferrethealth] Diabetic ferret
>Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 05:32:25 +0000 (GMT)
>Ranger is a 7 year old ferret that came into my care today, for 6 months.
>He had a BG of 600 on 1/6. Unfortunately, Ranger's vet has been out of
>town and was been seen by someone that doesn't normally treat ferrets. Due
>to miscommunication, etc., Ranger was only started on insulin this
>He also has a mass on his pancreas, confirmed by ultrasound two days ago,
>history of insulinoma, on pred for more than a year then stopped last
>summer when his bg went up to 246. Apparently he hasn't been seen by a vet
>untill now. He was scheduled for exploratory surgery on Tues. but that's
>been cancelled for now.
>Just prior to his first unit of insulin, Ranger's bg was 600, as high as
>the meter will go.
>Readings so far this afternoon/evening:
>2:40 600
>4:40 399
>6:45 144
>9:30 106
>No ketones.
>Ranger has been lethargic, dehydrated, nauseated, grinding his teeth and
>not eating except for duck soup I've given him a couple of times, didn't
>urinate for a few hours which was totally different than when he was going
>frequently per his mom. She said he had been eating well, drinking a lot
>of water. I've given him 30cc's of fluids at 4 and again at 9pm. Gave him
>0.5cc's of carafate about two hours ago.
>I'd appreciate any advice on how to continue his treatment until his vet is
>back in town. Please. :) How much lower should I let his bg go without
>treating him for hypoglycemia? I think I know the answer but I don't want
>to take any chances.
>Also, what are some of the areas I can use to get a drop of blood other
>than clipping a nail?
>Dr. Murray, thank you. You too, Pam and Angela.
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