Date: 2003-01-07 01:47:09 UTC
Subject: re: European bloodlines
>I have both ferrets from long American bloodlines, as well as from
European/American mix ad >pure New Zealand bloodlines. I do not notice a
difference in health problems between them.
>What I do notice is a big difference between the early spay/neuters and
the late alters. >Ferrets I have had that were not altered until they have
reached sexual maturity are healthier >and do not develop problems as often
or as early as the ones altered at 4 or 5 weeks of age.
I have to concur with Danee--
I have had establishes American, AUstralian purebloods, German imports and
the similarities I find are in the ferrets spayed after reaching sexual
maturity v early spay/alters.
I have seen genetic linking for insulinoma US in lines brought in also for
cardiomyopathy ( US/ AU).... both were not haphazard associations but
traced with a 3 generation span...
I have experienced no lymphomas in the late alters thus far ( 6 years) and
no adrenal hyperplasia's as of yet.