Date: 2001-02-26 11:36:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] RE: Adrenal question & pain
Thanks Michael, I realized that I worded that wrong after I
sent it. I'm sure we can't know how they feel.:-) wish they
could talk. What I meant to say is; are there any side effects
that causes them problems once the 2 adrenal glands are
removed, I don't know what it is called in dogs, but it has a
name. What other reason would you give valium to a ferret?
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Janke
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 8:06 PM
I don't know that anyone can truly say what ferrets feel
like after major
surgery without being able to ask them. Ferrets are pretty
and hide their discomfort pretty well. It's probably a
"survival of the
fittest" thing. In the wild, any signs of weakness would
make them a target
There are a number of analgesics that can be given for pain.
To the best of
my knowledge, valium is not an analgesic, though I have
given it to ferrets
for other reasons. A couple of analgesics that could be
used in ferrets are
Butorphanol, Buprenorphine, Morphine and Nalbuphine. I
don't recall where I
got these, but I wouldn't have them listed in my notes if
they weren't from
a reliable source.
If a ferret truly has both glands 100% removed, and there is
adrenal tissue, the ferret will probably require replacement
therapy. Some of the drugs that may be used are Florinef or
(desoxycorticosterone pivalate), brand name Percorten I
I'll leave dosage recommendations to your vet.
> I would like to ask Dr. Williams and anyone else who may
> know--What exactly do ferrets feel like or endure possibly
> having both adrenal glands removed? What meds should they
> after both are taken completely?
> I also would like to know what pain relief meds can be
> after surgery and the dosages. Can Valium be given and in
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