From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2006-03-22 06:04:10 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Insulinoma issue now, please any help would be appreciated
The vets who have treated my ferrets give prednisolone
only until it ceases to work well at moderate dosages.
Then, in each and every case we've opted for surgery,
even with older ferrets. Lady Ayeka had insulinonma
surgery at age 6.5, Kodo had it at age 7.5, and Podo
at age 8. All did really well afterwards. Podo and
Kodo each lived two years after surgery with excellent
quality of life. They seemed rejuvenated. Without
surgery they would have died rather quickly in the
opinion of our vet at the time.
BTW, I am not surprised at the lowblood glucose
reading your ferret saw after prednisolone. No matter
how much medication we gave Kodo his blood glucose
wouldn't go above 42. We had even worse numbers with
Ker Avon who had his insulinoma surgery at age four.
The only other option I am aware of is diazoxide. The
vets who have treated my ferrets all reported less
than 50% success with this medication and generally
use it as a last resort when surgery is no longer an
Good luck to you and Allie, whatever you decide.
All the best,
Caity and the fantastic four
(Nyssa, Zephyr, Ella, and Chin Soon)
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