From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-02-14 13:56:46 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: 7 yr Old Ferret with Insulinoma - Not eating
You have already gotten a lot of excellent advice.
Because the liver must convert Prednisone into Prednisolone for the body to utilize it the result is that Prednisolone might be better utilized by the body because the liver might not be functioning quite as well as one would like which reduces how much is converted, so skipping the liver processing step by giving Prednisolone itself just makes sense.
Always give any Pred with food to protect the stomach.
Sometimes vets who are not used to ferrets are afraid of Pred. Ferrets who do not have ulcers are really not as likely to have problems with it as other species are. Here is one of the past vet posts on that topic in the very useful, separate FHL Archives which can be linked to from the FHL website or gone to directly:
Regular testing and adjustment is important with insulinoma.
Besides steroids (no always oral Pred), the other med sometimes given to ferret with insulinoma is diazoxide.
Sukie (not a vet)
Recommended ferret health links:
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(2010, Steve Crandall)
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