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From: swamp
Date: 2001-08-29 21:52:00 UTC
Subject: Re:Adrenal problems

At 01:26 PM 8/29/2001 -0400, More Ferrets?!? wrote:

>have to disagree with adrenal rarely being an emergency. this year alone
>i have had half a dozen life saving adrenal surgeries for
>guest critters. you just never know how developed the tumor is or the
>tumors are and certainly cannot gauge by symptoms.

Assuming you run a shelter, I think what you're observing is ferrets whose
owners missed early signs of adrenal disease and were then dumped on you
when they became really sick. Since the pathology of the disease is pretty
well documented, and since this list's subscribers are more likely to be
"spot it early" types than "dump it on a shelter" types, I'd say Mike's
advice is applicable in this forum. We all agree surgery is the best
option, but sometimes the owner's finances are temporarily sicker than the
ferret. In those cases, waiting a month or two is better for everyone.