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From: "Jeff"
Date: 2010-09-09 18:35:11 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] hind leg weakness really bad
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What was the blood glucose level when checked by the vet, and after fasting for how long? Hind end weakness is a symptom of insulinoma, and when the insulinoma is properly treated, the hind end weakness will subside and your ferret will act more 'normal' again. Imagine walking around with extreme hypoglycemia, which is not being properly treated, and you'll know why the ferret is weak. He clearly needs more prednisolone, and it should be dosed at least twice daily, always given with food, but 3 times daily for better results. You need to re-visit the vet or find a more ferret knowledgeable vet right away, before your ferret has a bad seizure, which can probably be avoided at this point with proper adjustment of his dosage of prednisolone. And do make sure it's prednisolone, not prednisone, as the latter might not be able to be properly metabolized by some ferrets.

You should really read up on insulinoma so that you know what you're dealing with. It's a very common disease (unfortunately) among ferrets but can often be treated medically for quite a while, giving the ferret more quality time with you.

Feel free to email me privately if you'd like to discuss this more. I currently have two girls on prednisolone and they are doing very well when getting their meds and soup 3 times daily.

In Memory of Neo, Trinity, Possum, Pip, Misty, Frodo, Baggins, and Mr. Parker
Caring for Luna, Morphy, Baby Girl, Dozer, Pop, Sabrina, and Minnie Mouse

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