...hey how can i help a raw fed ferret that is starting to show signs of insulinoma? ive tried my research everywhere and im very hard for cash to be visiting the vets atm....ive heard about buying up testing kits and checking their bloods and also using raw honey...will this help? im so confused with how to go about dealing with this illness? what is best? please help! x
There are 2 tests that your vet can do --At my vet's they are pretty cheap. One, is that they will shave some fur off the neck and draw blood--this is most accurate and only costs $13.00 here.
The other is using a meter like that they test cats with and uses a prick to draw blood. You can buy a meter just like theirs. My daughter bought one for her schnauzer who was diabetic. However, some use a human meter, which they say you will bring to vet and see what the descrepancies between the two r. I believe UncleJoe is knowledeable in this area and may help you.
Hoping the best for your baby. Do continue to let us know how things are going.
The original BG test must be done at the vet. The support for insulinoma is pred. DO NOT USE HONEY, KARO OR any other sweetener...this will make it worse. This is to only be used as a last ditch effort to prevent an up coming seizure, it is not a treatment. You can support by feeding a high protein meal every 4 hrs but this ferret needs to be seen by a vet and treated with at least pred (cheapest method) ciao
My vet recommends the AlphaTrak meter, for dogs and cats. Use the dog setting, and take it to the vet to have it checked with the test solution. Human meters can be way off for ferrets. The meter is around $70. We have glucose tested every time we go to the vet. Ours charges $20. We used to do it ourselves, but it can be very difficult to get a good drop to form before it gets absorbed by fur.