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From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2011-01-25 21:06:01 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: Zephyr update (insulinoma)


I'll start by pointing out that this conversation is moot, at least in
Zephyr's case. She already looks worlds better than she did before
surgery and is recovering amazingly well. I'm absolutely convinced we
made the right decision with her.

On 1/25/11, joclynatuo <> wrote:
> what dosage (and strength) of prednisolone has she been on?

.1ml at 15mg/5ml concentration 2x a day. That was enough to giver her
chronic diarrhea. She couldn't tolerate more.

> maybe it isn't high enough? how long has she been on the med?

Again, she couldn't tolerate more. She was on it for less than two months.
> if the pred wasn't working, was diazoxide used??

No. Both our current vet and our original, retired vet use that as a
last resort in end stage cases. Again, I trust our vet who is well
known and has a fantastic track record. In her opinion surgery was
Zephyr's only real option. Blood glucose numbers like 32, 26, 37 and
41 are not sustainable without real harm.
> what's her diet consist of?

She gets Bob Church's chicken gravy twice a day normally. It's three
times now. She also has free access to kibble. It always contains
Totally Ferret and usually one or two other premium foods.

> grain free kibble and supplemental feedings with homemade all-meat gravy
> and/or canned meat product like evo, before grain or evanger help to keep
> the bg levels steady.

Our vet did not suggest a diet alteration as a reasonable course.
We're talking about a ferret that had an insulinoma seizure a week
ago, not one with somewhat low blood glucose. Considering one of the
nodules is believed to been an aggressive carcinoma holding off on
surgery would not have been a good thing. No, we couldn't know that
in advance but we do now.
> hopefully she'll be steady enough to come home as being at home will be the
> best thing for her recovery from surgery!

She's home and doesn't understand why she can't run around and has to
stay in the recovery cage. All things considered I think we are
seeing the best of possible results.

All the best,
Caity with Zephyr and Chin Soon


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