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From: Steph
Date: 2001-06-14 18:08:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Adrenal Gland Tumor

I personally would go for the surgery. I would not consider
a 3 yr old ferret old. I volunteer at a vet clinic and have
seen 8 year old ferrets go through this surgery successfully.
Two of my ferrets were cured of adrenal gland disease with the
surgery and the third had it controlled by the removal of one
adrenal gland and having two partials done on the right. She
lived for 5 years after the first surgery. She died from
The surgery can allow the ferret to live a life without
medications and feeling amazing.
I would also get your ferret checked for a bladder infection.
Good luck!
----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Forte
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 5:14 PM

Hi. I am new to this group.
I have a 3 year old Marshall Farm female. Six months ago
she began to loose hair at base of the tail and her vulva
enlarged. Two months ago her hair began growing back, but
vulva still enlarged. Now she has times of uncontrolled
urination. Seem to be typical Adrenal Gland Tumor symptoms.
She is a free roamer, fed high quality Ferret food, and is
currently very energetic.
I've taken her to a vet who says: I could expect surgery to
be only 70% successful in permanently curing this problem
because there are several things that could cause these
symptoms (e.g., left, right or both glands, size of tumor,
able to remove entire tumor, etc). At 3 years of age, she
is considered geriatric and I could expect other problems to
start occurring."
I don't want to put her through surgery if the odds are she
will only gain a little in longevity.
How long should I expect a female spayed free roaming well
fed ferret to live?
Any advise?
Thank you,

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