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From: "kelsey josine"
Date: 2009-10-05 19:19:04 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Help with IBD

I'm pleading you with guys for more ideas to help with my ferret's IBD. My vet and I have been battling with it for almost a year now but with no success and she thinks it's time to put him to sleep but I just know it's not time.
His name is Willy and I'm not sure on his age, probably about 6 or 7. He has insulinoma and he gets 1.2 mL of prednisolone twice a day. He's also on azathioprine, 0.12 mL once a day. He's been on that for many months now and I've seen no effect on his diarrhea but the vet wants to keep him on it. He's also on 1.63 mL of metronidazole once a day. This is the only thing that seemed to help his diarrhea. Unfortunately it's not having as much effect anymore.
We started out with liquid diarrhea that would just squirt out of him. At this point it's just like a pile of poop. There isn't much shape to it but at least he doesn't cry when he poops now. Every once in awhile there's a stray poop that's good but few and far between.
I've tried probiotics (the FortiFlora for cats) that I still use, I've tried pumpkin, diet changes, and nothing works. Nothing has even a tiny effect on his diarrhea. Like I said, the only thing that's ever had any effect is the metronidazole.
I don't know what to do anymore. He also has adrenal disease. He had the left gland removed a little over a year ago and it turned out to be malignant. It was just a couple months ago that we figured the other gland was affected now and is probably malignant as well. It seems very uncomfortable. He has a really big belly which I always assumed was from the pred but not sure now. It hangs down and he urinates so much that he always ends up with urine on him and then he licks his belly. Not sure if he's in pain or cleaning himself. Like I said my vet thinks it's time for him to go but I don't think so. He sleeps most of the time but his eyes still perk up when I bring his soup, he eats his kibble, he still has a sparkle in his eye.
I just need to find something that will help him or know that he's in pain or something. I'm desperate at this point.


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