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From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-03-01 19:09:00 UTC
Subject: Re: bi lateral adrenal

Dear Diana:

Sounds like a good arrangement for both vets.

Bilateral adrenalectomy results in lifelong medication in about 50%
of cases - 25% do will simply on prednisione, and an additional 25%
need prenisone and DOCP, a mineralocorticoid. The 50% that don't
need anything probably don't have total bilateral adrenalectomy, as
ferrets have very tricky right adrenals as well as a fair amount of
ectopic adrenocortical tissue scattered through the abdomen.

Charlie's video, I believe is available at his Website at

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Diana Ashton" <pooh1999@g...> wrote:
> I have a friend that adopted from me about a year ago and her
little ferret mindy will be having her 2nd adrenal taken out on the
12th. Our vet does not have the equipment for cryo surgery but there
is another clinic in town who does but he has never seen the inside
of a ferret and would rather not do the surgery so he ofered the use
of his equipment if our vet scrubbed with him. My question is kind of
two fold. What are the long term effects of having the second gland
removed and is there medication that she will be required to be on
and the second question is, didnt Dr Weiss have a video made of his
cryo surgery and if so is it still available?
> Diana and The Ferret Farm