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1) Have you noticed any change in Clyde's behavior? 2) Any hair loss? 3) What diet is Clyde fed? 4) How long have you had him?
Insulinoma is the most common cause of an older ferret being unresponsive. The best bet is going to be finding a veterinarian that can see him promptly. Do you have a local ER that can see him? If you need help finding one, post back with your city, state and zip code.
Studies suggest that the higher carbohydrate foods predispose ferrets to insulinomas and a diet change may be required in the near future if he is to pull through.The biggest concern right now is that his blood sugar be regulated and blood work run to determine if this is, indeed, the cause. Without regulation of his blood sugar, he can die. And this often requires more than than just oral supplementation. Their glucose is often so low that they need IV therapy to bring it back into a normal range. Surgical and medical approaches are an option and it typically gives a ferret a few months to a few years of life. If he's already aged, euthanasia may be a consideration as surgery and medical approaches (including hospitalization for this episode) will be quite costly. As well, if he's losing hair there may be concern with his adrenal glands, too.
Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion?