Hey my ferret has iselinoma and he isn't doing the best in the last couple days and a friend told me they used acai extract to help the ferret detox the excess insulin out of their body.. I'm just asking if anyone on here knows about this or tried this at all cause I wanna try and help him if it's possible ..thanks Brandon and my furry Lil ones appreciate your comments
I would personally recommend against it. Not sure whether "extract" in this case is a liquid form in alcohol or just pure ground berry, but if it's liquid, alcohol is bad for ferrets.
If it is pure berry, the sugar and carbs in it could be dangerous, as insulinoma is caused by carbs and sugars in the first place. I also couldn't find any verifiable data suggesting that acai reduces insulin levels. There is a difference between antioxidants (which are present in MANY things ferrets shouldn't have) binding to free radicals, and acai "detoxing insulin" out of a ferret's body.
Berries are really healthy in humans, but ferrets are obligatory carnivores and should not consume anything which isn't meat-based.
Having said that, I am not a ferret (or human) health expert. There are holistic vets who are trained and specialize in alternative treatments for animals, and I would suggest consulting with one before you start any such supplements.
I have had a really hard time finding any holistic ferret vet around.... Trust me I'm not gonna go giving something to them without asking a professional about it the last thing I wanna do is harm his chances
I don't know anything about acai, but are you also under the care of a traditional vet? I think at this point it's important for your ferret to be taking insulinoma medication (prednilosone?) regardless of any holistic supplements.
Yes, like Blue said make sure you are also seeing a "traditional" vet who specializes in ferrets (by your first post I kind of assumed you were, but should probably double check).
I happen to live in Vancouver (the City, not suburbs) but I do know that one of the most well known and highest rated ferret vets in the region is in Coquitlam, so right in your neighbourhood! I wouldn't be surprised if you already go there, but it's the Eagle Ridge Animal & Bird Hospital.
As far as holistic vets go, there are TONS in the region. Make sure you find one who also has a "traditional" veterinary degree. This lady in Vancouver with the Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital specializes in small animal surgery and small animal internal medicine.
This is my last resort pretty much ... I have completely changed his diet over too raw food witch has helped a Lil but the last couple days he has been really down and I worrie for him and can't stand to see him like that !
There are other drugs beyond pred that can be used to treat insulinoma but they are quite expensive. Unfortunately, you also have to be prepared for the fact that at some point there won't be anything more that can be done. It's just the nature of the disease.