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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-25 23:00:17 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Kodo's Insulinoma
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Ginding is generally pain. Ferrets are notorious for hiding all other signs
of pain. I would consider 2 things, the grinding could be a hairball
blockage in hes stomach. The other is what is happening in the environment?
Are there anythings in the air he could be reacting to such as scented
candles, cleaning products, airfresheners, plug in type fresheners, etc. I
wonder because if he is better away from there perhaps something else is
going on. Not to scare you any but I had a freind that was taking care of 2
baby squirrels, evey time I saw them they were bouncy etc, and she had them
at home called me and one was crashing and had trouble breathing etc, too
late for me to help and we lost him. I opened him and found nothing
terribly unusal, then the same happened to the other, with the same
findings. We talked a long time and one thing I brought up was carbon
monoxide or gas leaks. Well it turned out that they had an old stove they
never used and had the house checked. They had a gas leak, and if it had
not been for those baby's dying we could have lost her cats and even them,
so it happens and I don't want environmental things to be missed. Anyway
those are my 2 thoughts for now. best of luck and hope you find the answer

Dr. Sue

>Subject: [ferrethealth] Kodo's Insulinoma
>Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2004 22:25:03 +0000 (GMT)
>Kodo weighs about 1.1 lbs and is 3 years old (will be 4 in April).
>Apparently, from what I've read, he is considered a small ferret. But my
>little girl weighs less than a lb. I had to take him to the vet Sat.
>morning because he was practically unresponsive. About an hour earlier, I
>had given him his Pred and feed him some Gerber Chicken. Anyway, it really
>scared me so I took him in. He didn't even move on the way over there.
>However, once we got there, he became animated again and the vet couldn't
>even hold him. We were both so confused that she kept him until this
>afternoon. She said that until she could see him in this "stupor" he gets
>in, she can't understand what I'm talking about. She loves ferrets so much
>(she has three of her own) that she took him to her house and watched him!
>I called last night to see how he was and she said that he had been acting
>fine the whole time! She said it might be because he is in a new place
>though. When I called again this afternoon, she said that he was up and
>investigating things. I asked her if she had given him his medicine and
>she said no. He never once went into one of his lethargic staring
>episodes! So she didn't check his glucose levels the whole time. I would
>have like for her to check it though, just to see if he was acting okay
>because he was in a new place. So I went to pick him up, and she said that
>if he shows any signs tonight, that I should bring him in in the morning so
>she could check his levels. So that is where we stand right now. Kodo
>came home and immediately went to his food bin and ate (a lot)! He was
>still making that grinding noise though. Is that a sign that he is
>nauseated? I've been wondering about that. My little girl has never made
>that noise when she ate. Right now, I'm wondering if his Pred was making
>him sick or if it could have any sort of effect like that on him? Any
>advice would be helpful. Thanks, Haley and Kodo
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