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From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2005-11-01 18:19:06 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] another question about bandito


--- wrote:

> my bandit is 3 years old and only weighs 1.8 pounds
> and is quite small compared to other ferrets his
> age. he never grew after we bought him at the
> petstore(a national chain). he is a marshall ferret
> and we feed him very good ferret food. does anyone
> else have this problem?

Some ferrets just stay small. My Romana is a happy,
healthy seven year old that looks like a kit. She
weighs maybe a pound since she's bulking up for winter
now. It's kind of like people: some are big, some
are small.

In regard to the "hypoglycemia" issue are you sure
you're not dealing with insulinoma? If you are sweet
treats (i.e.: FuroVite) are the wrong answer. Yes,
they will raise the blood glucose but some claim it
also speeds the disease along. Has your vet
considered putting Bandito on prednisone or
prednisolone to control his blood glucose?
Considering that he's an otherwise healthy three year
old has insulinoma surgery been considered?

All the best,
Caity and the fantastic five

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