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From: Steph
Date: 2001-07-13 21:06:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] When to do Adrenal Surgery?

Hi Katharine,
I would think that a vet would want to examine your ferret
before doing surgery. He is going to want to make sure what
is wrong with your ferret and that it is healthy enough to
undergo surgery.
I know at our clinic the vets like to schedule surgeries, and
would not do surgery on an animal that has just arrived unless
it was an emergency. Adrenal gland surgeries are major
surgeries and can take some time.
Often pre-surgerie bloods are needed.
I personally have never done ultrasounds on my ferrets for
adrenal gland surgerie. My vet has not been wrong on visually
telling that any of my ferrets have had adrenal gland disease.
I have also trusted him on telling me when the time was
I wish you and Cedes well.

----- Original Message -----
From: katharine
To: Ferret Health List
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2001 5:58 PM

Cedes is somewhere between 6 and 7 y.o., by my
best estimations. His previous owner gave what
she thought his age was but he did have another
owner prior to that. Anyway, this has nothing to
do with anything other than the fact that I am
planning adrenal surgery for him and have no
problem with doing it at his age.

Cedes is showing the classic adrenal symptom of a
balding behind. This only became noticeable a
couple of months ago, if that. My question is
when is the time right for surgery. Please keep
in mind that he hasn't been to the vet yet. The
adrenal is my diagnosis. My plan is to take him
on the day I want to do surgery and let Doc see
him and make the determination. If he agrees that
it is adrenal, into surgery he will go.

I don't want to go so soon that Doc won't be able
to figure out which gland it is. I don't want to
wait so long that he starts having prostate
problems. How do I know what it's a good time.
Doc did mention they could do an ultrasound and
that would probably help but I would rather put
that money toward his surgery. Any opinions out

And, for anyone wondering, Cedes is pronounced
like the car (Mercedes). And, no, I didn't name


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