Message Number: YG4292 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-06-03 23:55:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Melatonin/ Lupron for adrenal disease/ UK vets question

>--- 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 is
>probably a logical answer to that... Thanks..

I don't know about for ferrets, but with humans the natural secretion
by the body gradually starts when the sun sets and then increases,
with the best happening at times when there is the most dark. If
humans take it right at bedtime it can still be acting and leave them
sleepy and more prone to morning accidents, so humans are advised to
take it a certain number of hours before bed and then to avoid
anything like machinery operation or driving.

I would suspect that the reasoning might be similar for ferrets in
relation to not alerting the times of wakefulness, but that is only a