Common Cancers

Hyperadrenocorticism aka Adrenal Disease/Cancer  (adrenal gland tumor)
Hypoglycaemia aka Insulinoma  (cancer of the pancreas)
Lymphoma (cancer of the white blood cells)

Insulinoma brief overview

Hypoglycaemia is the medical diagnoses for low blood sugar, the symptoms are an effect of an excess insulin. The ferret's pancreas creates insulin to help regulate blood sugar

Insulinoma indepth

Common symptoms

  • Unsteadiness
  • Muscle twitching
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Nausea, with excessive salivation and pawing at the mouth
  • Posterior partial paralysis
  • Abnormal behaviour

Warning signs

  • Collapsing (falling to one side, not to be mistaken with "speed bumping")
  • Stargazing or Abrupt pausing (micro-seizure)
  • Seizures

Insulinoma treatment

Oral dosing of medication is the common treatment method for most owners.

Prednisone/prednisolone is a Corticosteroids which is a class of steroid hormone normally produced by the adrenal gland. However prednisone its self is also an immunosuppressant so ferrets being treated with it may have a higher risk of sickness.

Diazoxide (Proglycem®) is a commercial drug used to treat hypoglycemia in humans, it is often used in conjunction with prednisone when higher doses are not safe, or when prednisone appears not effective.