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From: Stephanie
Date: 2001-06-15 00:07:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Adrenal Gland Tumor

At three I would consider her more at mid-life. My MF female
is 7, which is not an uncommon age for a ferret, and we
believe she has adrenal. At his point we are debating surgery
because she is 7, but at 3 I would definitely do it.

with Maggie, Bullwinkle, Shasta, Emeline and Icabod

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Forte []
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 2:15 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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