Date: 2001-03-01 05:44:00 UTC
Subject: Question for Dr. Williams
I have been a member if the FML for a year, ever since I got my first
two ferrets...now, I have adopted two new ferts from Sandi at Heaven
Scent Shelter...one of them is a female, Marshall Farms (at least,
she has the two tattoos in her ear and on her toe) and small...I have
had her for two weeks and for most of that time her vulva has been
swollen...not very much, but enough for me to see it well...she has
eaten fine, played hard and seems ok overall...I have seen no other
signs of adrenal or anything else for that matter...well, I took her
to my vet yesterday...he is somewhat knowledgeable about ferrets, but
definitely not a ferret vet...but, he gives discounts for
large 'families', which I have, and he is great with dogs and
cats...so, I used him for the ferts...the vet said that even tho she
has been spayed, she still has hormones secreted by the pituitary
(sp?) gland and that is why she has a swollen vulva...he didn't want
to exploratory surgery yet...so, he gave me some 'birth control'
drops called Cheque to give her for 10 days...just a drop a day...
My question, Dr. Williams, is this ok for a ferret? And if not, what
can I do? I really hesitate to tell my vet he is wrong since he is
the one who went to school for all this and has been taking care of
animals in our town for many years...
any input would be appreciated! You can reply privately or on the
list--others may need this info one day...