Message Number: FHL8572 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Pam Sessoms
Date: 2009-04-02 15:28:54 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Low blood sugar and irregular/low heart rate

I think it's pretty likely that she's got AV block, possibly even
complete or 3rd degree, which the EKG will show. My ferret Cricket
made a *full* recovery from a very similar-sounding situation using a
common drug called theophylline (it is usually used for asthma).
Details on her case:

Note that when we talk about AV block, we're talking about an
electrical problem, not a physical blockage. Basically, the signal
generated in the atria does properly get to the ventricles. I
suspect that maybe with low blood sugar, the body's ability to
properly conduct all kinds of business gets disrupted. I also suspect
that there really is a relationship between insulinoma and AV block.
Besides little Cricket with 3rd degree AV block, I also had two
ferrets with confirmed 2nd degree AV block that also had insulinoma,
but that never actually required treatment.

There is a good bit more in the FHL archives. A good search (message body)=

heart block insulinoma

Good luck and keep us posted.

Best wishes,
-Pam S.

On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 1:23 AM, ldarkes2000 <> wrote:
>=A0Our little girl, April is spending the night at our emergency vet's ICU=
><snip> =A0They found her blood glucose to be very low 51 and her heart rat=
>irregular and also quite low 55ish.


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