Message Number: FHL12867 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tressie"
Date: 2011-02-14 11:06:38 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: 7 yr Old Ferret with Insulinoma - Not eating

Prednisolone (Pediapred) is much better tolerated by the liver. Search the FHL archives and you'll find considerable information on the benefits of prednisolone versus prednisone. I would suggest switching over.

In terms of costs, so much depends on the dispensing fees your vet clinic charges, whether its compounded by an external pharmacy, regional variations, etc. For example, I live on the East Coast of Canada and I pay $35.00 for a 50mL bottle at 5mg/ml. I have 2 ferrets with insulinoma and this size bottle lasts about 3 weeks.

You could try adding crushed or mushed (soaked) ferret kibble to the A/D mix to increase the caloric value. Add about a tsp. of 100% pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) to the mix and this should firm up his stool. There are other supplements you can add that will boost the caloric value of the A/D for example, Carnivore Care.

How often and how much A/D is he getting? An insulinomic ferret may not eat on his own without encouragement.



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