Ferrets' blog

A blog with news about my ferrets: Tata, Izzie and Liira. There will also be reminiscense about Tenchi, Adric, Ker Avon, Ryo-Ohki, Nyssa, Lady Ayeka, Romana, Pertwee, Podo, Kodo, Ella, Zephyr and Chin Soon, all of whom are gone now.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Chin Soon Update: Surgery Next Tuesday

Chin Soon is going back to see Dr. Lauren Powers at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Huntersville again next Tuesday. She will have surgery for both insulinoma and adrenal disease.

At her last recheck her blood glucose was still only 57. She's gained a fair amount of weight, a side effect of the pediapred (prednisolone) as well as a consequence of eating lots of high calorie chicken gravy. As a result we could increase her pediapred dosage again a little. It's still not enough. Yes, Chin Soon is bouncy and playful but her stamina still isn't what it used to be and she still slips and has hind-end weakness. Her insulinoma can't be controlled with a moderate dose of pediapred and that means it's time for surgery. We no longer have any other good options.

Her adrenal disease is progressing as well despite increasing her lupron dosage to 200mcg. She's still losing hair all over the place. The only cure for adrenal disease is surgery. The only good thing about having both diseases at once is that she will only have to go through one surgery instead of two.

I'm worried, of course. This is major surgery and there is always a risk that something can go wrong. At least I have complete confidence in Dr. Powers. She did Ella's adrenal surgery more than four years ago and Ella has been fine ever since. I'm hoping the surgery will give us several more good years with Chin Soon.

The cost? Depending on what Dr. Powers finds and how well things go it will be anywhere from $850 to $1175. There is no getting around the fact that ferrets are expensive pets and that the average ferret will have at least once health crisis requiring surgery and costing $1000 or more during their lifetime.

Anyone who is a pet owner knows that pets become family members. Medical care like this is, unfortunately, a mandatory part of being a responsible pet owner.

Please keep Chin Soon in your thoughts over the next week.

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At 12:07 PM, Blogger Izzy said...

Hi. I am a ferret lover as well. I found your Blog by searching for fellow ferret friends.
I just want to tell you that I admire your true dedication to Chin Soon.

My little Pixie passed away as a result of insulinoma only a month ago and I still miss her dearly. With all the love and care she is given, I'm sure Chin Soon will be okay after her surgery. I sincerely applaud your dedication to her. You're a real ferret lover.

I still have Dookie now. He's a bit overweight but otherwise healthy. Ferrets are joy in energetic fur ball form and I'm glad to see that yours have the best home there can be.

Take care and good luck to little Chin. =)

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Caitlyn said...

@Izzy: It's not about dedication. It's about being a responsible pet owner. For Chin Soon this surgery turned out to be a life or death thing. Dr. Powers described the tumor she removed as huge, evil, and very aggressive. Medical care like this isn't an option. It's not a choice. It's a necessity and something that we all have to be prepared to do if we take responsibility for an animal, any animal, and bring them into our home.


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