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From: sue
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
stoic critters
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
of predators.

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
no ectopic
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
believe, and

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
be on
> 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
what dosage?
> thanks,

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