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From: katharine
Date: 2001-08-16 19:34:00 UTC
Subject: Re: adrenal ferret- surgery or lupron?

Eileen and "Barky" wrote:
<A pre-op blood test looked normal, but he later
bled from both feet where they took his blood. He
evetually stopped and the vet said this is normal
for adrenal ferrets (?)<

I have never, ever heard of that in any ferret
getting bloodwork. My vet normally takes blood
from the neck and the bleeding stops with just a
little bit of pressure afterward. Maybe the paw
pads bleed more???

<He says most of the time they do well after the
surgery and mostly it's the left adrenal- if it's
right he'll close up and talk about other

I think the first thing I would do is find a
ferret savvy vet who is willing to tackle the
right adrenal gland, if it's necessary. I would
hate for a vet to open one of mine and not remove
the gland causing the problem.

All of the vets on this list recommend surgery as
a first preference unless there are compelling
reasons not to operate. I just had one go through
a bilateral adrenalectomy and he's doing really
well...we're just waiting for all that fur to grow
back in.


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