Date: 2008-02-19 18:32:47 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Blood Glucose results - accuracy questioned due to food intake
I woke up late for an appointment, and realized I had not fed the
ferret in probably about 12 hours - and I forgot if I had to fast or
not for the glucose test.... (I know, I'm not the smartest one...LOL)
So I woke him up, and gave him a teaspoon of baby food, and probably
about half an hour later, they did an arterial blood test (from a
short clipped nail) and got a value of 110.
They said that's normal for a cat, and I asked if they did anything
special with the values, so that's an unaltered "cat" reading.
They said values tend to read 10-20 points low on their equipment, but
my issue is - should I have just not fed him at all? Could the baby
food boost up his glucose reading?
I am going to have him tested again next week.
His issue is that he had adrenal and then he just got very, very
skinny and dehydrated. I have started a course of amoxicillin .3cc of
250ml/5ml suspension every 12 hours, and am giving carafate 20 minutes
before every meal, forcing liquids, and he already seems a bit better
(it has been about 2 days now). I immediately suspected "stress" and
ulcers being the culprit, since this happened also to a ferret who got
a tooth extracted.
I hear that Pepcid is good - should I also give Pepcid, or is that
more for ferrets who are vomiting? He is fine except for lack of
thirst and appetite (he will eat a teaspoon if I hold him, drinks a
tiny bit on his own, and will eat treats still).
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