Message Number: YG1096 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Linda Iroff
Date: 2001-03-11 09:25:00 UTC
Subject: Lupron as a preventative

This is the other topic that fills me with both hope and confusion.

Last fall on the way to the Toronto Ferret Symposium, Julie Fossa brought
her tapes of a western vet symposium to occcupy us during the long drive.
One featured Dr. Cathy Delaney-Johnson (or is it Johnson-Delany??) talking
in great detail about the hormonal processes in ferrets that leads to
adrenal disease. My biochemistry is pretty rusty, and we didn't have the
benefit of the visuals, but she also seemed to be suggesting that Lupron
could be used as a preventative.

Dr. Murray, I have 2 ferrets scheduled for adrenal surgery this week.
Cookie is almost 3 and Buttons is almost 4. They both started show hair
loss symptoms last fall at the same time, though Cookie grew back most of
her fur early winter. She is losing more fur again, and Buttons is getting
pretty sparse now in the rear. They are otherwise in good health, active
and playful, no signs of other diseases.

Assuming they both have bad left adrenals and the rights look ok, what
would you recommend if you saw this in your practice? Would pathology
reports make any difference?

Linda Iroff
Oberlin OH