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From: "Jeff"
Date: 2007-11-21 01:24:53 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] ferret with insulinoma
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A couple of suggestions:

1) If you are not already doing so, divide the daily dosage of Prednisolone up into three equal doses, given 8 hours apart. I actually found it better to do it 4 times a day, 6 hours apart, but others will suggest that it stays in the system for 8-9 hours. I guess it depends on how severe the insulinoma is. Either way, divide it up more throughout the day.

2) Don't use Pepto Bismol, or any other similar liquid. Make a simple solution with water and Pepcid AC, which contains nothing extra beyond the active ingredient that you need, famotidine. I had excellent success using Pepcid AC tablets when fighting ulcers with Neo. It kept his stomach calm and his appetite normal. Here is what I did:
Take one 10 mg Pepcid AC tablet and dissolve in 4.0 ml of water (I used distilled water). I then administered 0.25 ml of this solution twice daily. That is the equivalent of 1/8 of a tablet daily, or 1.25 mg of the active ingredient Famotidine daily. You have to shake the container briskly each time before drawing the 0.25 ml because there is some settling of the dissolved tablet. We gave him this in conjunction with carafate, and continued this after 4 weeks of amoxicillin. His ulcers were cured in about 10 weeks.

3) Try mixing a little ferretone with some water to see if he'll be more interested in drinking on his own. It's worth a try...

I'm not a vet, just passing on some things that worked for us...

In Memory of Neo
Caring for Trinny, Morphy, Baby Girl, and Luna


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