Date: 2010-11-18 13:16:27 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: 6 yr old male with failing liver and possible insulinoma
Ella, It sounds like he has Insulinoma right along with that liver problem. It sounds like you may have caught the liver failure in time, but there may be no coming back from that. Rufus developed some liver problems after being on Prednisolone for about 2 years for Insulinoma; we actually took him off it for a while to let his liver get a little more stable, but he did have to go back to taking pred to control his sugar. It sounds like you're discovering the Insulinoma very late; the bleeding mouth was quit possibly caused from him biting his tongue while seizing. Also, because his sugar is going up & down, he could be having some neurological problems. That could be why he's stumbling around. He's also getting up there in age, which may be why he can't seem to see, and would cause him to try to 'follow the wall'. This is obviously not the case for every ferret, but Rufus developed cataracts that were complete by age seven (meaning, he couldn't even see shadows any more).
Another med Rufus was on to help control his sugar so we didn't have to give him sky-high doses of pred was Dexamethasone. Some vets don't like to give this, as they say it really doesn't help. You can leave that up to your vet. Also, B-12 might help with the liver; I know they gave that to Rufus when he was having problems, and it seemed to have been just the thing to help.
Good luck & keep us posted!
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