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From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-08-24 12:35:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Cataracts

Flemming Farms wrote:

> My friend's vet doesn't know for sure if the cataracts are genetic (she
> believes the bilateral one is). But she questions the fact that in the jill
> it is unilateral. I thought it didn't matter if they were uni- or
> bilateral, but I could be wrong. Neither ferret had produced cataracts nor
> have they developed them themselves.
> Thanks for the info!

Dr. Purcell's book says that cataracts may be hereditary, usually
occuring in the first year, or as a side effect of aging, possibly
influenced by genetic, nutritional and/or enviromental factors. Since
your friends ferret developed
a cataract in the first year, I'd guess it was genetic and would not
breed that hob or the jill again.

Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde

URA Redneck if you were driving a tractor before you could walk.