Date: 2001-06-01 15:50:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Tennessee Panel problems
My experience is that, at least for the last 2 years,
they only run the adrenal panels once a month. I
think the reason why is that it must be done in
batches and that they only get enough tests in to do
them once a month. Unless it's a male ferret with a
prostate problem, I don't know that a month would make
all that much difference. I suspect your veterinarian
didn't know how frequently they ran the tests, or when
they did so. Same thing happened to me. Frustrating,
but it's the most precise exam, and it can be a
valuable tool in borderline cases.
--- fhbythesea@a... wrote:
> For the collective docs on the list:
> I had written earlier about one of the shelter
> ferrets exhibiting aggressive
> mating behavior and had taken him to the vet to have
> blood drawn for a
> Tennessee Panel. I was told that it should take a
> week or so for the results
> to come back.
> Now I know better. Apparently, the powers-that-be
> running this test have
> decided that they only run it on the third monday of
> each month. Since my
> blood test arrived on the tuesday after the third
> monday, I have to wait
> until June 18th before they even look at Timon's
> blood and run the test.
> Needless to say, I'm a little torqued about this. I
> decided to cancel the
> test and we are just going to do
> exploratory/adrenalectomy next thursday -
> based on what I believe is a situation that just
> can't wait another 4 weeks.
> Is this type of behavior typical of testing
> companies? I can assure anyone on
> this board that I will *never* recommend this test
> again. Ever. Its expensive
> for one thing ($100) and the seeming lack of concern
> infuriates me.
> Yes I'm angry - and I believe I have a right to be.
> Its one thing for a test
> to be used as a rule out, its another to have it
> performed in a timely
> I've enclosed a picture of the behavior that Timon
> exhibits - thats Pumba the
> silver on the bottom.
> Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
> The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"
> ATTACHMENT part 2 image/jpeg name=HUMPING3.JPG
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