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From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-06-03 16:02:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Melatonin/ Lupron for adrenal disease/ UK vets question

Not a silly question at all. I'm not even close to an expert on
this, but I'll give it a shot...

Melatonin is secreated by the pineal gland which acts in response to
light. Melatonin is part of the process that causes the natural
spring/fall changes in ferrets (coat, weight, breeding, etc.). So by
giving melatonin 8-9 hours after sunrise, you're duplicating the
effect that would occur when the photoperiod is short, i.e. winter.

So in this case, it seems that timing is everything.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Jackie DeCarlo" <fuzzymum@m...>
> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Mike Janke" <mjanke@m...> wrote:
> > Melatonin can be used to treat the symptoms of adrenal disease.
> > Typically, 1mg given 8-9 hours after sunrise.
> ***************************
> Hi Mike, silly question...why 8-9 hrs after sunrise? I know there
> probably a logical answer to that... Thanks..
> Jackie