Message Number: FHL12353 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2010-10-15 22:15:59 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: My older male has been very healthy until today....

Hi, Sherry,

That kind of lethargy happens in cases of low blood sugar. I have
had ferrets with insulinoma who were successfully treated with
medication only for three years or more. I've also had a total of
five ferrets over the years who have had surgery for insulinoma and,
once again, unless they also had lymphoma (true in only one case) they
lived on for years. After recovering from surgery it was like they
were rejuvenated. They were full of energy. My seven year old Chin
Soon, who had surgery in April, 2009, still thinks she's a kit. Her
blood glucose is normal and she gets no medication at all.

Please, please, please do not give up on your ferret until he sees an
experienced ferret vet. Please get him to one as soon as possible.
If someone there in Texas who is good with ferrets has Saturday
morning hours please don't wait.

Good luck!
Caity and the dynamic duo
Zephyr and Chin Soon

On 10/15/10, sherry sutphen <> wrote:
> I have read non stop on every site imaginable and here is what I have seen
> consistentlyPrognosisInsulinomas are malignant tumors that will decrease a
> ferrets life span and compromise its quality of life. This is a serious
> disease that does not lend itself to a cure or long term control. Longevity
> after diagnosis varies from weeks to years, and depends on the duration of
> the problem prior to diagnosis.
> I will go to TimBuTu if I have to...This is also another common thing I came
> across
> When it's time - a ferret that is dying will quit eating and will it no
> longer engage in any normal activities.
> If your ferret
> Barely has energy to get up to use the litter boxSleeps most of the
> timeBegins to lose control of hind legsNever does the Dance of JoyNever gets
> out of bed unless you pick him upOnly eats when you hand feed him
> He is waiting for you to let go and say good-bye


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