Message Number: FHL13986 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2011-09-11 03:30:59 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: abstract

Thanks Sukie. I guess I will never know what happened to my Bear. But I
appreciate this. I will pass it on to my good vet.

In a message dated 9/10/2011 3:17:46 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

It looks like what they found in those mink was a
marked reduction in lipase, enzymes that digest fats.

SOME questions then become:

"What can cause low lipase levels?"

"Genetic vulnerability?"


"Injury (such as can happen with bile duct problems or other)?"

"Inflammatory processes themselves?"

"How easy is it to measure lipase levels or lipid levels
to see if the pancreas may be at risk from wrong levels? Will
blood levels accurately enough reflect what is happening at
the pancreas?"

"How much benefit might happen from adjusting diet in
these animals during the healing process?"

"How much benefit might come from artificially supplementing
lipase levels?"

"Do the outward symptoms of too low lipase levels
look at all similar to those of too high lipase levels?"

"Since some studies show that lipase levels increase with
purposeful weight loss, and since fat cells produce products
that can cause inflammation (and a recent study shows that
even too much subcutaneous fat can do that in some people
with genetic differences affecting which ones, so that MIGHT
apply or ferrets, too) is this possibly something to which obesity
can predispose an individual?"

"Are low lipase levels found in at least some of the ferrets who
get pancreatitis?"

As usual: I am not a vet, so check me, of course.

The abstract again:

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