Message Number: SG495 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2002-07-26 02:21:19 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] RE: Hello! I have a Question?
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I'm with Sukie on this one...

> We had had some early ones we waited on so that the growth was more
> readily obvious on surgery, but when we have seen marked symptoms very
> rapidly, or the ferret's smell has changed, or the ferret is showing
> strong sexual behavior, or there is a potentially dangerous symptom
> like a change in the ability to urinate then we gone for urged rapid
> surgery.

That pretty much describes what our vet does. Once there are clear,
pronounced symptoms, though, he doesn't wait. We've seen aggressive
adrenal carcinomas, and the longer you wait the greater the chance for
metastasis. While it's true that most adrenal tumors are benign, I know
I would blame myself if one wasn't and I waited too long to take the
ferret in for treatment.

> As a non-vet with two decades of ferrets the only thing I can say
> that's definite is that individuals vary so you have to go with your
> own personal take on the ferret and a vet's expert opinions. If still
> unsure you can seek a second vet opinion.

I agree 100%.

All the best,
Caity and the notorious nine