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From: "merylfaulkner"
Date: 2010-04-09 23:11:09 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Foster update - not diabetes, still perhaps a problem

After a second night at the Emergency clinic Foster emerged Thursday morning looking lively in his carrier. They stated that they had not only cut his dextrose to 2.5 %, but that they had then stopped the dextrose completely when his blood glucose improved to high normal. He "ate well" (syringe fed with runny baby food). The catheter remained in place just in case. At my vet's his glucose fluctuated during the day (no iv)so she suggested I try taking him home and hand feeding him. At the clinic he had eaten from the syringe - they did it the usual way allowing the ferret to lick it as it emerged. On arrival home he ran upstairs and checked the bedroom out. After I ate dinner, I decided to try the hand feeding. He was not cooperative. Went stiff and fought when I tried to put the syringe close to his mouth, so ended up dripping it on my hand and having him lick it off, however I only got about 4-5 mls into him. Frustrated,I tried blenderized Evo and Gerbers, but the more I tri
ed the more belligerent he got. Interestingly, he found a piece of one of those N-bones on the carpet and chomped on it and ate about an inch of it. Went to sleep late, and frustrated, I woke at 3 am somewhat desperate and tried again. this time although he was at first resistant he lapped up about 10 mls of gerbers and water. At the clinic today they were puzzled since they claim he ate about 12 mls of runny food from the syringe every three hours yesterday and ate well. I'm wondering if the two weeks after surgery having to forcibly give him Cefa (cefadroxil) twice daily (which he hated)makes him averse/suspicious to my attempts at using the syringe.I didn't think they would have that long a memory? Or am I insulting Ferret memory skills?

I'm relieved since this afternoon today (Friday) his glucose at mid afternoon is 106. Since it was really high at several readings originally on Tuesday, did his pancreas suddenly kick in? One would think giving him that insulin would have even suppressed the organ more. I'm just wondering what else might be in store. Glad he's not diabetic - I found nothing really hopeful in terms of controlling it in ferrets, and its really a nasty health issue for the poor humans who have it.


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