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From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-06-14 16:27:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] possible adrenal or spay not

> alicia wrote:
> I have a 3-4 year old female that we got about 5-6 months ago from
> some friends. She is a M.F., which isn't her fault but I still don't
> think too highly of them. Anyway, about 3 weeks ago I noticed that
> her vulva was swollen. We took her to the vet who did some blood
> work. She didn't get enough for an estrogen reading for the lab but
> the white blood count and all that was normal. We can either take
> blood again or do exploratory surgery to see if she is adrenal or
> what. I saw Dr. Williams article in this current Modern Ferret
> Magazine and at least know cause of this that we should act and not
> wait around. Has anyone else had this type of experience before?
> Should we go ahead with the surgery, take more blood to get an
> estrogen reading, or what? Thanks in advance. Any help is much
> appreciated. Alicia and Miela

An estrogen test isn't going to tell you much. There is a blood test
that is only run by the University of Tennessee which is somewhat
accurate, but it cost $150. If she has the swollen vulva nad hair
thinning, you might as well go with exploratory surgery.

Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde