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From: Parathalyn Doxyl
Date: 2001-04-06 10:08:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Early Neuters & Adrenal

Actually, I've been researching some studies into adrenal development
linked to factors of the parents: cancer genetic suseptability,
amount of sunlight exposure during pregnancy, timing of pregnancy,
sunlight exposure of male before copulation, etc. These studies are
already finding more connections than the early spay/neuter theory.
Only time and good scientific work will tell the truth and what can
be done to help the fuzzies never develop adrenal cancer.

If you get privately bred ferrets request that the parents be
absolutely healthy, have no history of adrenal in bloodline, have
sunlight exposure before mating and during pregnancy and that the
kits are spayed/neuter not too early & not too late.

Let me know how it turns out.

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., katharine <shurcool@t...> wrote:
> Just thought I'd mention that my Champ was a late neuter (I think
at about 6 months...too lazy to go
> look through his records) and was operated on for adrenal disease
(right) shortly after his 3rd
> birthday. He kind of blew the "early neuter" theory. His sister,
Blaze, was also a late spay and
> was euthanized with inoperable lymphoma only a couple of months
> I have a friend with a male from the same breeder. Wookie was born
on the same day as Champ and
> Blaze, but to a different mother/father. He is now experiencing
adrenal problems and, interestingly
> enough, also is suffering from renal failure, just like my Champy.
Though Wookie had different
> parents, Champ and Blaze's mom nursed Wookie and his siblings as
their mom died soon after giving
> birth (wthin a week or two).
> Kind of makes you think.....We both decided to try privately bred
ferrets thinking they might
> experience fewer health problems.
> Katharine