From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2005-11-01 18:26:09 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] hypoglycemic bandito
OK, I hadn't read this post before writing the
previous one. My fault for not going in order.
26 is *very* low. Yes, it's almost certainly
insulinoma. Prednisolone is the right answer. If a
low dose maintains Bandito's blood glucose then that's
If not you should seriously consider surgery. I've
had four ferrets (Podo, Kodo, Lady Ayeka, and Ker
Avon) who had that surgery and all got long term
benefit from it. Avon was only three when he had the
surgery and he never had a problem or needed
medication for the rest of his life, another two and a
half years. (Yes, he died young, but from
lymphosarcoma in his spinal column, not insulinoma.)
Even Podo, who was around eight when he had his
surgery, had benefit for the last two years of his
life, though we did have to give him a small dosage of
prednisolone after 10 months. The pred didn't work
for him before surgery, at least not in dosages that
didn't cause side effects (as in severe diarrhea).
The cost of surgery varies widely from place to place,
vet to vet. I've heard numbers ranging from around
$450 all the way up to $1,000. With our vet it was
around $600 all told. If you can't afford that all at
once many vet offices will work out a payment plan for
Oh, and whatever you do forget about FuroVite or
Nutrical. That's the wrong answer right now.
Good luck to you and to Bandito!
All the best,
Caity and the furious five
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