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From: Ferretwise
Date: 2001-04-17 17:51:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Adrenal-induced estrus

In regards to this proposed scenario-- I can assure you from early shelter
years experience -- and at the request of an out of area vet this was
tried here in 1996.

Using a hob or v hob with a spayed female only irritates the enlarged
vulvar tissues, causes stress and adds abrasions to the neck from the hobs
holding her down.

A spayed female showing signs of estrus is clearly 1- adrenal symptomatic
or 2- reacting to stimulation of ovarian remnants.

The introduction of this stressed female to a v hob etc will only cause
further stress and has the potential to irritate and even initiate a
vaginal irritation / infection.

I AM NOT a vet, but an experienced caretaker and would strongly urge a
exploratory surgery to locate the cause either remnant or adrenal.


At 04:25 PM 4/17/01 -0400, you wrote:
>Edward Lipinski <elipinski@j...> wrote:
> > What I don't know is this: would this mating terminate her estrus,
> > since she is maybe 'peculiar' i.e.,she's not 'normally' estral?
>I very much doubt that mating a spayed female would reduce her estrus-
>like symptoms. Mating causes a whole female to ovulate; ovulation
>causes changes in the ovaries; and the changes in the ovaries cause
>them to switch from producing estrogen to producing progesterone,
>bringing the female out of heat. If the female is spayed and the
>estrogen is coming from the adrenals, then mating will not help -- you
>can't make an adrenal gland lay an egg. In fact, mating might even
>hurt, because it causes a surge of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) from the
>pituitary gland, and LH seems to be the hormone responsible for over-
>stimulating the adrenal glands in the first place.
>*SLMW 1.0* Move along! Move along! Nothin' to see here, folks...
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