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From: MARY
Date: 2001-03-09 17:51:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] removing both adrenals

I agree wholeheartedly with you Mary. After doing many many adrenal
surgeries and seeing the other adrenal go bad, we have chosen to have both
adrenals removed. Why subject the ferret to the stress of two surgeries. At
the present time I have one on florinef and one on pred. The others are
doing just fine with no hormone replacement.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary McCarty - Houser <marypfra@y...>
To: <>

>> my question is, what percentage of ferrets would actually need a second
>> surgery if only the currently affected gland is removed? Can vets be
>The reason I chose to do this and my vets agreed is that I was seeing alot
>of my adrenal ferrets having to have a second surgery within 2 months of
>the first. Plus, alot of the ferrets were older (more than 6 yo) and I was
>trying to avoid a second surgery unless it was absolutely life
>So far, all of the ferrets that had both glands removed are doing great
>except for one that we lost due to other problems. They have no
>recurrances, no need for hormones, etc.