Date: 2011-02-15 23:15:29 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Suddenly Sick Ferret
We once had a ferret w lymphoma in the pancreas and once had one with carcinoma in the pancreas.
Both of them had almost suddenly dying as their original symptoms. Both needed gentle cheek puff to muzzle artificial respiration more than once after stopping breathing that first time, both got emergency care, and one also needed warming on the way to care.
Besides hefty Prednisolone doses, both also needed Diazoxide and both needed regularly available dietary sugar. I know that is different from what is done with insulinoma that is not advanced but it got at least 9 months for Fritter (maybe closer to a year?) who had lymphoma in her pancreas. I forget how long Ashling went with carcinoma in her pancreas but I know it was substantially longer than the projected 3 months, maybe half a year?
We used two forks to dissolve Nutrical in water and then left it for a while and removed the film which develops. After that it was palatable and always handy. Neither abused it but having it handy also prevented either from crashing until pretty much the end. When we were not at home we put each in the master bathroom with all necessities including that, food, water, bedding, etc. so that optimum safety could be managed.
Lupron sometimes also helps with insulinoma. The most likely pathway for that appears to
be better control over testosterone levels.
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