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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-05-20 17:03:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Ferret Coats & Adrenal

At 2:10 PM +0000 5/20/01, wrote:
>Now I am wondering if doing surgery too early makes it difficult to
>determine which adrenal is affected or if it is bilateral. I
>understand the rationale for taking the left adrenal if there is a
>question as to which one it is, but would it have been better to not
>do surgery so early that it's difficult to tell which one it is?
>Any opinions on this? Do the benefits of doing surgery in the very
>early stages outweigh the risk of taking the unaffected gland and
>having to go back in again?

We have had ones where the symptoms were not at all gradual and the
vet asked us to wait because the adrenal may have been too small.
Right now we have one who had the other adrenal cause problems a
couple of months after the first surgery; that isn't very common but
it can happen. What we do is we go by what the vet desires unless
there is something which makes us think that there could a more
serious problem like a malignancy, as when Meltdown had that
sweet-rotty smell. When vets and those who live with the critters
work together it can make a very formidable team.