Message Number: YG5233 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-07-06 04:47:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Adrenal Gland Disease

You might want to consider finding a vet that's willing to tackle the
right adrenal gland. That's the best solution for the problem.

The drug your vet is talking about is no doubt Lupron. While it is
expensive, that price is way off the chart. But that may not be his
fault. If he's not aware of the various places to get ferret sized
doses, then it may cost him that much to get a human size dose. If
he treats no other ferrets with it, the leftover is wasted, but he
still has to pay the full price and you absorb that cost.

There are at least two pharmacies that will sell a single, ferret-
sized dose of a version of Lupron that will control symptoms for at
least four months for $100. Troy Lynn posted one such pharmacy here,
though you'll have to search for that message. In the search
archives text input box, type jayhawk and you'll probably come up
with that message. If you can't find it, someone else here may have
the info handy, or when I get home I have it written down.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Beth Shaw-Meyer <bbb6483@y...> wrote:
> I took my ferret Callie in to see the vet today- she
> had adrenal gland surgery on the left side about 3
> months ago but the vet was unwilling to remove the
> tumor from the right side which was the larger of the
> two tumors. He said that he is aware of a new drug
> therapy but it is very expensive ($300 per dose and a
> dose needed every 4 to 6 weeks). Is anyone aware of a
> more reasonably priced drug therapy for the adrenal
> gland disease? He is against doing surgery on the
> right side. My other concern was the condition of her
> skin- dry with a rash on her lower back and he
> suggested that I use bag balm or A&D ointment to
> improve the condition of her skin. I am also giving
> her chicken dinner baby food daily in addition to dry
> food in an effort to put weight on her- she only
> weighs 1.2 lbs. as of today. The vet suggests that
> Iams kitten food is the best food he has seen for ferrets.
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