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post #11 of 20 Old 08-30-2009, 06:56 PM
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I know its sad...but I agree....
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post #12 of 20 Old 08-31-2009, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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well the vet called and they said it was a common ferret diesease that can become fatal but only if you don't treat them. I am going to treat them like they told me and if his quality of life is poor, he will be euthinized. If that happens when bear is still here I will either get another one or rehome him. I would feel bad if he was alone...

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It is completely up to you, but at this point I personally would euthanize him. But that is what I would do, not what I'm saying YOU should do. It's a choice you have to make.

I always consider the animaks quality of life. If there's a good chance they will become sick again or have a poor quality of life, I find it easier on them to let them go. It's hard, but I think it's usually nicer to them than having them go through treatment, and then still be sick
While I agree that euthanasia should be an option, it should not be done on a "what if?" A good chance would not be enough for me to want to die, so why should I make that choice for my animal? If they are in obvious pain, yes, but if there's a chance they may be at some point? No.

Icrazy, prior to Logan having his tumor removed, he was on Prednizone for almost a year and a half, and had an excellent quality of life. It counter-acted the insulin affects of the tumor, and he acted like normal. Just monitor sugars in his food, and never let him go without having something to munch on...it can cause them to "crash".

Pancreatic or Insunolomatic tumors only have a 33% reoccurance if all the tumor is removed. My ferret, Logan, had his tumor removed two years ago, has had no reoccurance, and recovered very quickly. He also lost his girlfriend to adrenal (grew into her main artery) this winter, and is doing fine lone ferret.

Icrazy, feel free to PM me anytime if you want to talk more about fuzzies.

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It sounds to me almost like he could be adrenal, which is a fatal condition in ferrets. I've dealt with it many times, and what my vet always told me was to keep them warm, comfy, and fed. When they're ready to let go, they will let you know. I wish you the best.
Oh man, I'm sorry. Is your vet living in the eighties? Adrenal is entirely operable. Only rare cases, like my little girls, grow into things and cannot be removed successfully. There is even an underskin implant pump in case the ferret has to have -both- glands removed to provide the missing hormones. And there are also cases where it is adrenal enlargement, but not a tumor, which isn't fatal at all. My little man has that, and other than going bald for a time, he has no ill effects.

...I apologize. I've had ferrets for five years, and it never fails to boggle my mind, with them being the third most popular pet in the United States, how little people, and especially vets, know about them. There are a large number that think they're rodents, or feed them cheap adult cat food full of corn. I just...I'm going to let myself down off my soapbox, but it tweaks me. And I'm sorry if anyone felt I was targeting any of you, I'm not. It's just a general...pissed-offed-ness.

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Oh man, I'm sorry. Is your vet living in the eighties? Adrenal is entirely operable. Only rare cases, like my little girls, grow into things and cannot be removed successfully. There is even an underskin implant pump in case the ferret has to have -both- glands removed to provide the missing hormones. And there are also cases where it is adrenal enlargement, but not a tumor, which isn't fatal at all. My little man has that, and other than going bald for a time, he has no ill effects.

...I apologize. I've had ferrets for five years, and it never fails to boggle my mind, with them being the third most popular pet in the United States, how little people, and especially vets, know about them. There are a large number that think they're rodents, or feed them cheap adult cat food full of corn. I just...I'm going to let myself down off my soapbox, but it tweaks me. And I'm sorry if anyone felt I was targeting any of you, I'm not. It's just a general...pissed-offed-ness.
Thank you. I agree with this totally.

Surgery for adrenal is almost always effective. Lupron shots help if surgery cannot be done if said ferret is too old.

Thank you for your whole post Hoover. You said everything I was going to say. They are so popular and people are still feeding them Marshals Ferret Kibble and giving them apples as treats.


To the OP. You need to fish around and find a ferret vet, or an exotics vet that knows what they are doing.
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How long can I use the Prednizone before getting the surgery?

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How long can I use the Prednizone before getting the surgery?

In my opinion that will depend on your ferret. That's why you need to find a ferret knowledgeable vet.
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It really hard because all the vets know that ferrets are illegal here and so they don't specialize in them, they just look through a ferret book and read symptoms of diseases.

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It really hard because all the vets know that ferrets are illegal here and so they don't specialize in them, they just look through a ferret book and read symptoms of diseases.
Tell me where you are, or an idea about where you are in Cali. There ARE vets in Cali who see ferrets "under the table" so to speak.

There is a whole network out there online of resources for California ferret owners.
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Well we found one and he doesnt have insulnoma. We took a blood sample but they didnt get enough so we arent quite sure they are super accurate. Ill find them and post them up here. I know his glucose was off(lower or higher?)

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