Message Number: SG512 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2002-07-27 03:10:18 UTC
Subject: RE: Question: On Age and Surgery
Message-ID: <2693790.1027739418515.JavaMail.root@scandium>

Author wrote:
> I wanted to know if 8 years old is to old to have adrenal surgery. One of
> my girls is doing the up and swollen vulva thing. I was just curious about
> her age and risks for surgery.

Dear Jenn:

8 year sis certainly not too old - many ferrets have successful surgery at that age, although you do have to take a close look at many factors, including concurrent disease. Chronological age is a relatively arbitrary way to judge surgical candidacy - I ahve seen many helathy 7 or 8 year olds, and also quite a few two-year-old train wrecks.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, dVM