Date: 2001-05-30 13:39:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] estrodial question
We used 1 mg. melatonin, crushed tablet in a little warm water
and 1/2 tsp. heavy cream once daily for over 18 months. This
helped with the itching, aggressiveness and made quite a nice
ferret (it didn't help with hair loss). It delayed the
surgery for quite some time and when we just did surgery one
month ago, the tumor (and left gland) was size of grape AND
now his hair is regrowing. Melatonin helped put off the
surgery for quite some time if money is tight or you just
don't want him to go through surgery.
Try it and see the difference. - Susan Jones
----- Original Message -----
From: Shortley, Lisa
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 10:17 AM
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
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!
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