From: Shortley, Lisa
Date: 2001-05-30 11:17:00 UTC
Subject: estrodial question
My ferret Loco (now 2.5 years old) had a bilateral
adrenalectomy on 8/22/00. He did not need hormone replacement
therapy following his surgery. His symptoms at that time were
excessive whining, aggression, and extremely itch skin. His
coat also became a tad dry and brittle.
Over the past several months, I've noticed Loco getting
extremely whiney again and also agressive. Typically, he is
my most easy-going ferret who gets along with everyone nicely
and never complains. His coat has also thinned out and gotten
a bit rougher. My vet checked his estrodial level last month
and it came back at a 46.2. She said that normal for a
neutered male ferret is 45 or less. So it's slightly
elevated. She said that this can indicate an adrenal
reminent, or a regrowth and another surgery was recommended.
My question is, is there ANYTHING else that could elevate this
in a male neutered ferret? I'm fine with doing another
surgery - but I'd hate to put him through this if it's
possibly something else.
Thanks for any advice!