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From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2011-01-21 19:10:38 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] I'm wondering if something is wrong

Hi, Mike,

You won't know for sure about Bandit unless you get him back to a vet.
I agree that his blood glucose needs to be checked. Insulinoma plus
adrenal carcinoma could very will be involved. Both could account for
weight loss. The good news here is that both can be treated with a
single surgery.

My Chin Soon had adrenal and insulinoma surgery in April, 2009. Since
she recovered she thinks she's a kit again. She's absolutely wild and
playful and she just got a clean bill of health from the vet at her
last checkup. Chin Soon is 7=BD years old.

We also did both insulinoma and adrenal surgery on Lady Ayeka when she
was six. She came through the surgery just fine and recovered
quickly. Sadly our vet at the time found enlarged lymph nodes, did a
biopsy and sent it off for analysis. Ayeka had lymphoma as well and
that is what killed her in the end. Bandit's problem could be all

Given Bandit's age I think you probably will want to discuss surgical
options with your vet. Adrenal can be cured with surgery more often
than not. Insulinoma surgery usually is not curative but can greatly
improve quality of life and give Bandit a bunch more time as well as a
much better quality of life. FWIW, our Ker Avon had an insulinoma
surgery and never had a problem again so while you can't expect a cure
it is possible.

The usual disclaimer applies: I am not a vet. I haven't even played
one on TV. I'm just a moderately experienced ferret owner who has
been where you are now.

Good luck to you and to Bandit.

All the best,
Caity and the dynamic duo
Zephyr and Chin Soon


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