Message Number: YG421 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-02-28 17:44:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Digest Number 19

Dear Kelly:

A swollen vulva in itself is not dangerous, but if there is a
discharge, there is then a possibility of a urinary tract infection
which would need to be addressed quickly.

A good place to start on your review of Lupron would be at Charlie
Weiss's web site at

However, you should be advised that in our experience (Charlie and I
worked together on his study, that Lupron results in hair regrowth
and improved activity, but does not address the growing lesion on the
adrenal. Additionally, vulvar swelling is not one of the symptoms
which is easily treated with Lupron.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., kfor651676@a... wrote:
> Thanks Dr. Williams for responding to my post about Ellie and her
> vulva after surgery. It is bad news if her right is also
affected. Our vet
> said the right adrenal was so small he could barely see it. My
other adrenal
> girl ended up having two separate surgeries to remove both and it
> horrible. She was I guess one of a few who required hormone
replacement and
> nearly died. Thank heavens for a phone consult with Dr. Weiss.
She has been
> on DOCP injections and we are now weaning her off after about two
years. She
> is five and going strong. I am terrified to put Ellie through
> surgery, especially so soon, and I don't really have another $600
on hand at
> the moment. Her vulva also has a slight discharge. I don't know
> about Lupron, but I guess I better find out. Can anyone e-mail me
with the
> basics and I will start my research. Is it dangerous for her vulva
to be
> swollen? I know it's not good, but do we have time to weight our
> Will it affect her urination?
> Thanks Everyone!