Date: 2011-01-12 00:21:14 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] seizures & cinnamon ... possible treatment option ?
I have a male rescue, approximately five years old, who appears to be healthy but has been suffering from hypoglycemic seizures for the last several months ... there appear to be islet tumors on his pancreas and my vet didn't feel that surgery was the best option, instead recommending controlling the seizures by medication ... I have been controlling the seizures by keeping him well fed with duck soup in addition to his preferred kibble as well as 1/4 of a 5 mg tablet of prednisone twice a day as per vet's instructions ...
I began to wonder ... it's well known that cinnamon can help to regulate blood insulin levels in humans ... so I wonder if this would be a viable treatment option along with what I'm already doing? Any input or suggestions would be appreciated.
[When "sugar regulation" in humans
is discussed what is meant is for
diabetics and what really happens is
that blood sugar has a reduced chance
of increasing. That is the OPPOSITE
of what ferrets need, which is why
things like turmeric and Brewers
Yeast are not considered viable for
insulinoma and may even cause
problems. What you will find in
are articles on cinnamon and diabetes
so beware using approaches that are
actually for the opposite problem. I
only have time to skim but it looks like
study results may vary on how much it
I seem to also have a vague recollection
that cinnamon oil might be poisonous
for some pets. Luckily, my recollection
was *wrong* but always check in
and always ask the treating vet BEFORE
trying any appraoch, even if herbal or
over the counter since too many poisonings
happen from either, especially over the
counter human medications given to pets.
Prednisolone often works better in
ferrets than Prednisone. Prednisone
has to be processed by the liver into
Prednisolone before the body can
Cutting pills is also a problem. Even
when pills are scored to be cut there
are differences up to something like
15% in doses when cut most carefully
(and worse otherwise) according to
a human medication study recently.
When the medication is not scored
it should never be cut and given as
sections. Unscored pills or caplets
do not have the ingredients evenly
spread. Such medications have to
either be compounded or ground
and then mixed very well and measured.
So, if your tablets are not scored then
that is also a potential problem.
Diazoxide also helps some ferrets who
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