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From: Stephanie
Date: 2001-08-19 00:21:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Diagnosing adrenal disease


My personal opinion is that 5 is not too old for surgery if
she has no other health problems. I would start considering 7
too old for general surgery, but on a case by case basis. Note
that I'm not a vet, just someone who has had 2 adrenal kids,
one at 6+ and one at 7 1/2. Both did great through surgery,
even my Icabod who has Cardiomyopathy, Insulinoma and a nasty
right adrenal that could not be removed. He is doing very well
on Lupron and Maggie (7 1/2) who just had surgery last month
is better than before and cured for the moment with a removal
of the left gland. So, it is definitely a personal decision,
but at 5, she still can have a couple more great years (which
is a long time in ferret years) and surgery can be curative.

Here's a bunch of adrenal links to check out:

Hope this helps,
with Maggie, Bullwinkle, Shasta, Emeline and Icabod
-----Original Message-----
From: Per Amneus []
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2001 8:15 AM

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

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

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

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