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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-08-17 23:17:00 UTC
Subject: Re: adrenal ferret- surgery or lupron?

> I never heard of testing a bilateral adrenal ferret 6 days after
> surgery. What was the reason behind that? I was always told to test
> 4 weeks after surgery to give the hormones a chance to die down and
> regulate after the removal of both glands. You'd test the
> sodium/potasium ratio and if it's less than 28, then hormone
> supplimentation would be needed.

When Hjalmar crashed he did it in just days after surgery. In his
case one gland was atrophied; that was back in the very early days of
treating adrenals and he'd beforehand been long term on a med that
had that effect on some. When surgery was finally done we really
wished we'd gone that way earlier for Hjalmie.

In Ashling's case we knew that she would need supplementation because
both came out cleanly so she had both Florinef and Prednisone right
from the get-go, and has thrived on them. Periodically she has the
tests done.

In Sev's case we knew that she retained enough tissue from the
incomplete removal of the right.