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From: "merylfaulkner"
Date: 2010-04-08 19:08:52 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] UpdateRe: Foster- post surgical/ improving(glad Hilbert is too)

I'm thinking Foster's surgery is also resulting in slow resolution. His pancreas has not been behaving well. It's 2 and a half weeks post op. Just got back from picking him up at the emergency overnight clinic and delivering him to the regular vet for daytime care. He went from death's door/comatose 2 days ago to apparently eating on his own "voraciously" (baby food they said -probably Gerber chicken). He was actually active in the carrier, still had an iv catheter in case my vet needs to put him back on fluids with dextrose, but apparently overnight his glucose went to low normal without a 2.5% dextrose drip. On the way back in the car ride,close to my destination and NOT on the freeway I stupidly put my hand in his carrier and I innocently stroked his head. He seemed to like it, and tried to scratch at the door. Put my hand back in and the little b----- bit me between the thumb and first finger and hung on. I pulled over (I was in the slow lane- I drive cautiously on surfa
ce roads) and spent at least a minute prying his jaw open while bleeding profusely from four holes in my skin. When I arrived at the vet they were amazed - (also gave me a bad time about doing that while driving)and trying to restrain laughter as I displayed my hand. Luckily being a vet clinic I got a band aid. Everyone was impressed at Foster's (hopefully permanent)improvement. I was horrified yesterday when looking at the emergency clinic chart that he now weighs 1.0 lbs, whereas in the past he has been 2.3 in the winter and usually 1.8/1.9 in the summer. He was down to 1.7 on the 28th (at surgery on the 23rd - 1.9). As in Hilbert's case, my vet is concerned about kidneys - she mentioned that high glucose when he was suffering from diabetes can affect kidney function and cause brain swelling. I'm surprised that ferrets can withstand what seem like such traumatic episodes. Ferrets like Hilbert and Foster and others I read about on the FHL remind me how tough these little gu
ys seem to be. Despite my vet's optimism, I was not hopeful this am, but when 6.30 am came with no call (this always call at a pre-agreed time only with bad news) I heaved a sigh of relief, and started to hope. Ferrets are amazing.
--- In, Sukie Crandall <sukie@...> wrote:
> Post-surgical diabetes in ferrets usually resolves in days but some
> don't resolve. "


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