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From: "Becky/Bryony"
Date: 2007-11-28 22:00:51 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Chem/CBC results-looking for vet's and experienced people's input

I don't know (off-hand) the norms for the other values, but you are
right that the Glucose is low. Be aware, though, that if the serum
was not spun down properly, it will lead to an artificially low
glucose reading. (In fact, I'd be surprised to see a ferret acting
normally with a glucose of 18.) I'm not sure of the exact science
behind it, but basically, unless the whole blood is spun down, the
red blood cells continue to "eat" the glucose.

My vet has become more ferret-knowledgable through working with my
guys, but when we were still learning, we sent out a maintenance
bloodwork panel on one of my ferrets (who was insulinomic), and his
glucose came back as 4. When we reran it in-house, it was in the

So, if you re-run this bloodwork, please make sure that the vet or
tech spin the blood down, so that you get an accurate glucose

***Not a veterinarian or licensed tech, but I have worked as a
veterinary assistant for 6 years, and owned ferrets for 12. Please
consult with a ferret-knowledgable veterinarian regarding your
specific situation!!***

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