From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2007-07-19 17:28:24 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: It's too late...Miki is gone
I am so sorry to read these two posts and about the outcome.
Mary, ask your vet where an all night emergency veterinary clinic is. Then you will know
for next time.
I can't imagine a vet not making a recommendation about where to go for a life
threatening things like grande mal seizures.
The way this episode did not respond makes me wonder about:
1. possible advanced insulinoma
2. other pancreatic tumors such as carcinoma or lymphoma. Our experience with those
has been that the ferrets suddenly collapse without prior warning and could easily die
without emergency care. They have required vet care; what could be done at home is not
enough. We know ferrets well but almost lost one with lymphoma and one with carcinoma
even before reaching the vets. Both needed gentle cheek-puff artificial respiration to
muzzle, and one needed warming. The one of those two with lymphoma lived 9 months
with careful care and the one of those two with carcinoma in her pancreas (which is really,
really bad) got 3 months with extremely careful care.
Epilepsy is rare in ferrets, but I think I have heard of one or two cases -- check me on that,
though. Neural problems found in ferrets include canine distemper, Aleutian Disease,
toxoplasmosis, meningitis, MSE (mink spongiform encephalopathy), thromboses to the
brain, etc. There are past posts on them.
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