Message Number: YG3557 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-05-14 18:41:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Question about a swollen vulva

M D wrote:
> Hi-
> Our 5-year old ferret had adrenal gland disease about 6 months ago,
> which was operated on. They removed the left (the easy) gland, and
> she returned to good health. This past week however, we noticed she
> has a swollen vulva, which, in our research we found that this is
> generally a symptom of Adrenal gland disease. We see no other signs
> of hair loss, lethargy, or any other problems, and she seems very
> happy and playful. Is it possible that she has a problem with the
> other adrenal gland? Can it be operated on (ie Can a ferret live
> without both it's adrenal glands)? Would she require some type of
> hormone replacement?

Yes, it's possible that the other gland has a tumor. Yes, it can be
operated on. The best way is cryosurgery, ie. Freezing. Some vets are
starting to recommend removing both if one has to be removed because the
rate of recurrence is so high.

Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde