From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2006-08-06 15:53:46 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: older fuzzy and I need suggestions for her
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Okay: first off, are you treating the adrenal growth? If not, you
Adrenal growths and insulinoma EACH can make it easier for a ferret
to acquire an ulcer.
Speak with the vet about providing a prescription for the liquid
Carafate prep that all U.S. pharmacies have. We prefer to give it at
least an hour separated from other meds or from food.
Secondly, insulinoma itself can cause nausea so it may be time to
recheck her blood sugar levels to see if her dose needs adjusting.
Giving Prednisolone instead Prednisone can make sense, especially for
a ferret of her age because her liver will be likely to be a bit
compromised by age and perhaps more due to the adrenal growth.
Normally, the liver processes Prednisone into Prednisolone before it
can be used by the body, so skipping the liver step by giving
Prednisolone, such as Prediapred, from the start can pack more
punch. In some ferrets it is a very dramatic difference.
Some ferrets with insulinoma are also helped by Diazoxide.
Is this ferret a possible surgical candidate?
This past post has a number of good adrenal growth links:
And I will compile some with insulinoma info for you:
Both topics have yet more info about them in the FHL Archives to help
-- Sukie (not a vet, and not speaking for any of the below in my
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