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From: "Uli"
Date: 2009-12-16 00:31:05 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Suprelorin implant today, sudden low BG & seizure
To: "FHL" <>

I've just had something very scary happen. Kobi is 6 1/2, neutered, and has
been very healthy and active. His coat was getting very thin and he
exhibited sexual behaviour towards Jake who he lives with so he had a
Suprelorin implant today. When he came round from the anaesthetic, he
started scratching himself immediately. When I got home, the injection area
was red and swollen and sensitive. He vomited, too, which happens
occasionally when he eats too quick. I've been keeping an eye on Kobi and
tonight he suddenly had a violent seizure. I've never had a ferret seizure
before. I got him out of the cage, held him until he became relaxed, I
thought he was dead, eyes wide open, salivating badly. He then came round
but was so weak that he could barely walk, he would flat ferret after a few
steps. I phoned the emergency vets shortly later at 11.00 pm. but only a
big animal vet was on and neither he nor I knew what to do, whether to
remove the implant or keep an eye on him for the time being. We decided to
watch him and I thought to test his glucose. It was 32 mg/dl so I measured
it again to make sure the meter didn't do a wrong reading and this time it
was 38 mg/dl. He did get a sweet paste and was better afterwards... Kobi
has never shown any symptom of insulinoma. He is so playful and active,
much more than his two 4 1/2 year old companions. I know sometimes
insulinoma or some possibly malignant forms can be very erratic (had one
ferret with it). I also know there haven't been any problems with the
Suprelorin implants but it is a strange coincidence.

Last year I had Piper implanted who was a very fit and healthy 4 1/2 year
old, nicknamed a "little monkey" for obvious reasons. She had the implant
on the 21st November, suddenly showed severe pain on the 1st December and
was put to sleep on 5th December, histopathology came back as Lymphoma,
immunoblastic-polymorphous type.

Leo (5 1/2) had his second implant today and is fine. He was diagnosed with
insulinoma 2 months after his first implant but is very stable.

Can ferrets react to the Suprelorin implant, especially as quick as Kobi?
Or are Kobi and also Piper just coincidences?



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