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From: Katrina Ramsell
Date: 2011-05-31 21:49:07 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Re: Roo - My sickly Ferret
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Hi Kathryn,

You might talk to your vet about the medication. I'm guessing Roo is on Prednisolone. Many ferrets do not like the commercially available suspensions (e.g. Pediapred). A bitter-free Prednisolone suspension can be made by a veterinary compounding pharmacy. They can also add palatable flavors such as peanut butter, malt, fruit flavors, etc. It is rare for a ferret to mind taking the bitter-free Prednisolone suspension. It your vet needs contact information, I use Northwest Compounders in Oregon (503-352-3811). I believe they ship anywhere in the country. Small, frequent high protein supplemental meals can also help stabilize glucose levels - you might also discuss that with your vet. Last thing, the glucose level should be monitored on a regular basis as the amount of medication being given may occasionally need to be adjusted.

Take care,
Katrina Ramsell Ph. D, DVM

[A list of compounding pharmacies can be found
in the Files section of the FHL and many ship or there
may be one local:
or Dr. Ramsell's may be perfect for the poster.

We have found that some of our ferrets have preferred
the generic to Pediapred, and that often giving a larger
volume of a less concentrated Prednisolone goes in
easier than the more bitter ones which are more highly

-- moderator (for a little longer, SDC)]

> To:
> From:
> Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 20:52:58 +0000
> Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Roo - My sickly Ferret
> I would like to thank all who responded to my post about my sick Roo - she is doing soooo much better now that she is on the steroid - and now for the life of me i can not remember the name of it!!! but none-the-less she is doing 100% better!!! it was so hard to watch her go thru her bouts with the insulinoma...she just looked like she was in sooo much pain and that is the last thing i wanted her to be in!!! But she is back to herself again!!! She does hate having to take her meds, but we push thru it everyday - two times a does have another benefit...she gets to play longer after her meds...since she is my only ferret, she gets just me & her time...where she gets to run and play in my bedroom for a while until she seems tired...i dont let her get overly tired, as she is getting up there in age...i want her remaining years to be happy and pain free...and for now that is what she is!!!
> thanks again!!!
> and this is a wonnerful blog...hope everyone has a great day, week, year!!!
> kathryn & roo!!!
> --- In, "Tressie" <tressiedu@...> wrote:
> > Insulinoma is a beta cell tumor of the pancreas, an illness ferrets are prone to, especially as they age. It essentially causes hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which causes the ferret to feel nauseous, very tired, mentally dull, lose weight, hind-end wobbliness and a number of other symptoms. Without treatment the ferret can become seriously ill and will die. The steroid your bf got from the vet is a treatment, it must be given as prescribed, and given on after eating on a regular schedule.. The dosage will be on the bottle.
> ...
> > The steroid treatment you have for her is either prednisone or prednisolone and does not cost a lot of money but she must be on it for the rest of her life.
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