From: "Patricia Kaczorowski"
Date: 2008-05-05 02:55:43 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] removal of implant
Azium is dexamethasone, a steroid, it should work similar to prednisione. Steroids can also raise blood sugar and in long term insulinoma can also be a sign of the pancreas burning out- it is diabetes basically and can be treated as such.
Fluids, insulin and supportive care, stop the steroids. Maybe with luck, if it is just the steroid causing the high blood sugars, the insulin can be weaned off once the blood sugars are in normal ranges and better controlled. Sometimes just stopping the steroids alone will work, but if the ferret is ill , has signs of ketones in the blood ( urine dip can also detect them), then fluids and insulin will help initially.
I doubt the melatonin will be an issue , so leave it be- since attempting to remove will just stress the ferret, and it is unlikely to cause these problems.
Just some of my thoughts.
I am not a vet.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 12:45 PM
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: removal of implant
and lose weight.
.It is not my choice to give her Azium and besides, I've had better
luck with the Azium than prednisolone. I do have a syringe and am
measuring it by the syringe.
I do know that about glucometers and they did in-house bloodwork
that showed it to be 700.
My main concern right now is just getting her BG down even though it
really looks like it might be too late to do anything.
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