From: "Joanne Seamans"
Date: 2009-04-07 16:29:19 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] proglycem (diazoxide)
I had to bring Nexus to the vet yesterday because he had a seizure. My vet did complete blood profile. His glucose was 49 and he had eaten about 2 hours prior to that. He had been on six drops of Azium twice a day. My vet prescribed Proglycem. He said that was the last resort. He is almost 8 years old and not a surgical candidate. He has a heart murmor and also something near the lungs. My vet did an x-ray but could not tell. He said his lungs did not sound clear. I know he isn't going to last much longer, but we decided to try this new drug. Problem is he HATES it. I tried mixing it in the fish oil like I do the Azium and he would not touch it. Took one tiny lick and started grimacing. I had to syringe it and it stressed him out. I have to do this twice a day. Anyone have any suggestions how I can administer this without a big fight? I do not want to give him ferretone because that is not good for the kidneys. The cretitine is elevated (1.1) but BUN and pho
sphorus were within normal range. I really believe the fish oil has kept the kidneys from declining.
On another note, for those of you who have young ferrets and don't have any money put aside for their care, I would suggest you start saving now, especially if they are all around the same age, as they will get old at the same rate. It cost $294 yesterday for complete blood profile, the drug, and x-ray. My vet took pity on me and charged for a brief visit although we were there over an hour. It cost me $747 last October to have two skin tumors removed. Surgery costs have gone way up within the last two years. I did have money set aside for Nexus from the time I got him, but I have exhausted it. I have spent close to $3,000 on him and that is conservative, because he is a hob and never had adrenal surgery. Just something to think about.
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