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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-31 01:11:50 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] RE: Kodo''''s Insulinoma
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About asking your vet, either read him/her what was sent out, or just
explain your concerns and that you are running out of options, you wish
every option to be explored before it is too late and since you really need
to know what is going on so it can be treated properly. I know the teeth
grinding is pain and it can be caused by more them just ulcers and you need
to know this. Also the insulinoma may benefit. If your vet is not
comfortable with it find someone who is (just be sure they are compassionate
as well and know what they are doing). I had on ferret who was jaundice but
grinding so much. At times he appeared better but the owmers could see he
was in pain, so we knew the risks, went in expecting the worse and found an
obstructed biliary duct we fixed it and he is doing great.

Let them know that this is the recommended approach when you can't find the
answer. You can see it all and also take samples for biopsy. If they are
still unsure have them call an exotic instructor at a University and ask
their opinion. I believe Dr. Ken Welle is still with the University of
Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and he also has his own clinic there
called All Creatures Animal Hospital in Urbana. I am sure he would be
willing to help too.

Hope this helps and the best of Luck to you.

Dr. Sue

>Subject: [ferrethealth] RE: Kodo''''s Insulinoma
>Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 18:12:15 +0000 (GMT)
>When Kodo eats, it looks like it is painful for him. His eyes squint and
>he will
>make the "chomping" noise. After he will rub his mouth against the floor
>about a minute. I make sure he eats some of his food after I give him the
>so it won't hurt his tummy. His stool is looking okay though. I've been
>watching it for a while now. How should I go about asking my doctor if
>exploratory surgery would be best? Until then, is there any sort of
>medicine I
>could give him if it is an ulcer?
>Author wrote:
> > Could Kodo be dealing with a gastric ulcer? Are there any occurances of
>dark or tarry stools? Look at a ferret wrong and they get an ulcer, so I
>if that could be part of the problem here.
> > Are you feeding him only chicken baby food or that in addition to his
>Maybe it would be beneficial to stick with just baby food. It's bland and
>easy on
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