Date: 2010-07-23 18:52:44 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferret emergency!!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Barbara Wiborg" <weaselwardancers@...> wrote:
> The vet checked his blood sugar and it was 46 so he suspects he may have insulinoma.
That is likely, with the low blood sugar. I just wanted to add that when my ferret Ianto had seizures from his insulinoma, he would have frothy pink foam at the mouth. The blood wasn't from an internal source; it was from his cutting up the roof of his mouth and gums with his claws as he pawed at his face during the seizure. He didn't leave big gashes--I keep my ferrets' nails better trimmed than that!--but he still scraped that sensitive tissue open enough to bleed. I'm sure your vet will do this, but make sure to check the inside of his mouth to see if that's where the blood is coming from. (they will paw at their faces from nausea and discomfort during a seizure)
[Yes, we have seen that, too, though
it is always wise to remember that
ferrets with insulinoma are at times
more prone to ulcers which can cause
bloody reflux sometimes and certainly
black or extremely dark green stools.
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