Message Number: YG6440 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Per Amneus
Date: 2001-08-17 11:15:00 UTC
Subject: Diagnosing adrenal disease

Our 5 yo female, Cilla, show several symptoms of adrenal gland disease: A
month ago she had a urine infection and had to be treated with antibiotics.
We also noted that she scratches herself often, especially at shoulders and
above hind legs. Last week she started losing hair on the back.

We will see the veterinary next week. However, our veterinary might be a
very nice person, but he doesn't seem to have much experience from ferrets,
I'm not really certain about how much he knows about ferret diseases and
their treatment. Is there a way to detect adrenal gland disease through
blood tests or similar? And in case, how accurate are these tests?

Since Cilla is pretty old, surgery does not seem like a good idea. I
understand Lupron is the best alternative to surgery? But what happens if
Lupron is given to ferret that does not have adrenal gland disease?