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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-25 06:29:29 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Help! Needing some encouragement!
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Remind me of his age and prior info. Sometimes the pred takes a while to
work or the dose needs to be adjusted. Eating 3 hours before that blood
glucose level could have affected it some so it may be low. I would see
what his weight is and his dose of pred is in mg. These guys can get
anywhere from to 2 mg/kg twice daily and maybe his dose needs to be
tweaked. I also would want to be certain there is no other reason for his
problems as well, ie hairball in the stomach, because this could affect the
amount he is able to take into his stomach and then his glucose could drop
from not eating enough. You want to be sure it is that the pred is not
effective vs it won't work because the diagnosis could be off. If it is
insulinoma then play with the dose and if needed you can try diazoxide in
addition, but if it is not dosed right it may not do any good and it is
expensive. Sometimes we can even try a different form of cortisone instead
of pred. I don't know if this helps you or not but good luck and keep us

Dr. Sue

>Subject: [ferrethealth] Help! Needing some encouragement!
>Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 22:38:48 +0000 (GMT)
>Hi everyone. Here is an update on Kodo. This past Monday, I took him to
>the vet and she removed his stitches. I asked her about putting him on
>Prednisolone and we decided it would be best. So now I am giving him a
>dropper full 2 x a day. I'm not sure how much a dropper full is though.
>At first, I thought it was helping him. I let him out of his normal play
>area Tuesday afternoon and he romped around, wrestled with his sister and
>even made the happy "dooking" sound. I was so glad because I haven't heard
>him do that in a long time. However, as the week went by, he got bad
>again. I would let him out and he would just go somewhere else and lay
>down. He might walk (slowly) around for about a minute or so and then he
>would just flatten out. He would just stare off into space. By yesterday,
>I was so worried about him that I put some Gerber's Chicken into a syringe
>and slowly feed it to him. This was at 12:30 in the afternoon. I got off
>of work at 3 to take him to the vet. On the way over there, he just layed
>in the carrier and didn't move (seriously not one bit). She checked his
>glucose levels at about 3:30. She said that it was 76. She also said that
>if he hadn't eaten lately, that that number wasn't that bad. But if he
>had, then it was low. I'm not sure that him eating at 12:30 would have an
>effect on it or if 3 hours would be considered fasting. So she gave him
>another steroid shot (she didn't tell me what it was) and said that this
>one might last longer. She said that she thinks the Pred isn't lasting
>long enough. This morning when I let him out, he ate a whole bunch. More
>than I've seen him eat lately. So I let them out to run around the house.
>He walked around for a bit. But he still isn't playful and he seems to
>have no energy. It's the same way this afternoon. Also he won't eat out
>of his regular food bin anymore (unless he is at night and during the day
>when I'm at work). But that would be the only time he would be able to do
>it and me not notice. I eats when I feed it to him or if I put it on the
>floor and he takes it under the bed. But if i try to put him at his food
>bin, he'll smell it and walk away. He is still drinking a lot of water.
>His bathroom habits seem normal though. I'm not sure what else to do. I
>feel helpless. No matter what we try, it seems like it isn't working. I
>really could use some advice or encouragement right now. I'm at my wits
>end and it is taking a toll on me since I do nothing but worry about him.
> Thanks, Haley and Kodo
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