Message Number: YG3297 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-06 05:29:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] ferret suddenly being picked on
and jill update

> i have checked her vulva to see if it was swollen...fearing
> adrenal...maybe that was making the others pick on her..but
> no..nothing...
> any other ideas?
> i don't want to cage her...she has been thru enough hell in her tiny
> life...
> thanks...
> kat
Hey Kat I have seen this too and I think you're on the right track with the
adrenal. In my personal experience, the girls do not show overt signs of
adrenal tumors nearly as quickly as the boys. Maybe some others on the list
can explain why...but if she was mine, and you have access to Lupron, I
would try giving her a shot and see if the behavior towards her changes. If
it does I would then try to get her in for adrenal surgery.

I know it may be a bit irregular, but I have found that using a single
Lupron shot can be a great diagnostic tool for adrenal problems, and much
more cost effective than the adrenal blood tests.

Oh, and my jill is fine this morning thanks everyone. Her 2 year old
daughter who is getting nested is not as amused....<vbg> Now I know why I
have so many more rescues than breeders (only 3 whole girls, no boys).

And just as a comment to anyway thinking of getting into breeding, it is
VERY stressful. I have NEVER made enough money to even cover expenses of
keeping the breeders alone. I do it to try and breed for personality and
good body size. And I am blessed that I have 24/7 access to one of the best
ferret vets in the country, other breeders who have hobs and v-hobs and
potential foster jills. I couldn't even think about doing this without them.
So....the point being if you think breeding ferrets is like dogs or
cats....NOT. Think long and hard before you decide to try it.