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From: Ella R
Date: 2011-03-02 02:52:57 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] 7.5 year old female suddenly having hind leg weakness

Hi everyone,

My Pixie is 7.5 and has been very healthy up til this past year in which
she's had a couple of bouts with helicobacter. She's been treating for this
and seems fine in that respect. She began losing a little weight a couple
of months ago and recently seemed very thin, so I took her in to see the
vet. She was also displaying bilateral hair loss (thinning, but no actual
'baldness'), so she and one other of my furkids got Ferretonin implants.
Milo, the other on the implant, does quite well on the implant and this is
his third.

This evening she began wobbling, hind leg weakness, front end weakness, etc.
Call to the vet (after hours) and was told to give her nutrical every
couple of hours tonight and up her prednisone. I've been unemployed for
over a year and as of today, after I paid rent and utilities, I'm down to
$70. That's it. Still no job. No one to help. So the best I can do is
get her a blood glucose to see where she is. Back in November her BG was

I 'may' have a job, min wage, starting Monday (I'm praying), and I worry
that I'll be gone so many hours of the day when she's so fragile. I don't
qualify for CareCredit, and I have to pay off the large vet bill from my
Tocho getting sick and passing away back in November.

Any advice would be a godsend. Is there a better treatment available for
insulinoma than Prednisone?... is it affordable? Could adrenal disease
cause this weakness??

I'm scared for her and am at a loss as to what to do.

Ella & the Furbabies

[Generic versions of pediapred are usually the
cheapest way to go, but why not ask your
vet if there is some way that you can remove
part of your costs through labor? You might
have skills which you could offer. Some vets
can not take up barter possibilities but some
can. It depends on multiple factors like the
practice owner, the state, etc. I even know
people with a decent bit of education who
have cleaned for vets in exchange for medical
care, too, but it also depends on if the
practice has a need for what is offered without
affecting existing employees negatively.

There are past posts on ways to afford vet
care but i don't have time to check the archives
for you, though you certainly could:

Sometimes there can be barter for goods, or
a person can sell belongings elsewhere.

-- moderator]


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