Low Blood Sugar in Ferrets
Hypoglycemia in Ferrets
Hypoglycemia is an abnormally low blood concentration of glucose, or sugar—basically, the opposite of diabetes. It’s caused by excess insulin or insulin-like factors (e.g., insulinoma or an overdose of insulin administered medically). Because glucose is a main energy of source in an animal's body, a low amount will result in a severe decrease in energy levels, possibly to the point of loss of consciousness.
Symptoms and Types
Some ferrets appear normal aside from findings associated with the underlying disease, while most have episodic signs, including:
If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms in your ferret, it is advisable to see a veterinarian immediately. If your ferret has already lost consciousness, or is visibly at the point of collapsing, you will need to call your veterinarian for instructions on immediate at-home treatment, followed by a visit with the doctor.
Even if you are able to treat your ferret at home during the episode of hypoglycemia, you will still need to see your veterinarian so that blood work can be done. Your veterinarian will need to do a complete blood profile, a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis. He or she may also recommend abdominal X-rays and an ultrasound, especially if he suspects cancer or other masses as the underlying cause.
Having the ability to produce disease
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A condition of poor health that results from poor feeding or no feeding at all
A hormone created by the pancreas that helps to regulate the flow of glucose
Low amounts of glucose in the blood
A condition in which the liver becomes inflamed
The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak
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