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From: "artroxy_artemis"
Date: 2008-05-29 17:07:29 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Very Ill Ferret

Hello, this is my first post but hopefully someone will be able to
help me out. My ferret thats approximately 5 years old has been very
sick and the vets are not quite sure what to do. Currently she is
diagnosed (and verified) to have cardiomyopathy and adrenals. She's
on digoxin and lupron for both and so far she has responded well.
What we are concerned about is another symptom of hers.

Before being diagnosed with adrenals & cardiomyopathy I brought her
to the vet for collpasing onto the floor and not being able to walk.
A BG test was done and she was low (approximately 3, this is canadian
BGL test btw). She was then put on prednisone and diazoxide at the
lowest dose. The following month her BGL was also indicated to be low
so her prednisone dosage was increased. By this time she started to
show lack of interest in food but most importantly she blew up to
such a degree that she could barely walk. Also her skin was very
flaky and her vulva swollen. During this time the adrenals and
cardiomyopathy were diagnosed. Since February however her BGL is
extremely high, 20+ where the maximum should be 15 (according to my
vet). They slowly reduced her prednisone and diazoxide to no result
and finally they removed both medications. Her BGL remained exactly
the same whith no changes (20). Yesterday I took her in not only for
her lupron but because she was beginning to show some symptoms of
lethargy. They noted that she was dehydrated and gave her some
fluids and sent me home with her. At night she completely collapsed,
extremely lethargic, could barely walk, pale nose and gums, and she
threw up a bit. Her feces (just a little) was a little on the yellow
side. She showed absolutely no interest in food but she was drinking
a ton of water (and peeing alot). I took her to the emergency where
she was given fluids. She is still stable but very weak.

I've tried to look up what this could possibly be or what course of
action I should even take. Has anyone encountered such a situation
or can think of something? Thank you so much and sorry for the long


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