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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-19 05:44:36 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Help - Vet doesn''t know what''s wrong
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Tough call, but I would work on diet first if your little one comes thru
okay. I had a similar case quite a few years ago, we went in took a few
biopsies and hoped for the best. One biopsy came back lymphoma but no good
choice. After a few days post op with antibiotics hand feedings etc he
recovered. I did place him on Pred and antibiotics short term, pred
indefinitely and he developed insulinoma later which it helped. We finally
lost him to a hypoglycemic episode that lasted to long and veg'd his brain
but that was a long time later. Before we went in surgically he was so out
of it I felt if we did not do something at that time we would lose him.
Although our findings were linited he actually improved so pray for the
best, I wish I had an answer for you but it is hard when you are not working
first hand with some of these. Best of luck to you and your baby.

Dr. Sue

>Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Help - Vet doesn''t know what''s wrong
>Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 02:42:55 +0000 (GMT)
>Author wrote:
> > wrote:
> > >already has insulinoma, diagnosed about 4 months ago, & has been on
> > >Prednisone (0.5 ml daily), & done quite well with it. But over last
>weekend he
> > >couldn't keep food down & had diarrhea for a few days (he frequently
>gets that,
> > >he is a sugar junkie).
> > >
> > >
> > This paragraph alone has me concerned. Diagnosed with insulinoma but
> > yet a sugar junkie?
> > >Vicki L. Henderson-aka-Ferret Fanatic
>I know that sounds wierd, & of course his vet said he shouldn't have all
>those treats he gets, but he's also 8 years old or older, & he INSISTS he
>get his licorice & mini-marshmallows. He clearly enjoys his treats SO
>MUCH, & we don't want to make what time he has left unhappy for him.
>When my son got him & then me (by default), we knew nothing about ferrets,
>in fact I was a little afraid of those teeth. Then when we got another one
>a year or so later, thinking it would be good for Sid to have a "friend,"
>he became quite unhappy. Since all those long-ago beginnings, & with much
>research & trials, it's clear Sid will NOT accept any other ferrets, & is a
>solitary guy. He seems to be & a little senile as well. Both of my
>ferrets run free in my house, & if I had it to do over I would do it
>differently, but I don't. And Sid literally would NOT eat anything else,
>oh except bananas & Ferretvite. Since he was diagnosed with insulinoma, we
>have worked extremely hard to get him to eat turkey baby food, whihc he now
>loves, & we have decreased how much sugar he gets a lot, but ferret food -
>forget it. So we are kind of stuck with what we have. But what I need now,
>is help to figure out what is wrong with him.
>I went to see him in intensive care this morning, & he is SO bloated, but
>was at least responding & actually got up & tried to get away when I
>cleaned the diarrhea off his rear, which is the most response we've had
>since surgery. Anyway, I still coud use any suggestions. Norma
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