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From: Steve Austin
Date: 2003-08-05 15:10:19 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Millie's new fur
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Personal experience. Had a ferret that was surrendered to me
with a beautiful coat of fur, soft and lush. The owner gave the history
the ferret lost fur the season before and she was afraid
was adrenal, but couldn't afford any vet care at the time. However,
since the fur grew back she was very happy and felt all was well.

I decided with the history alone to go in for surgery, a huge tumor
was taken off the right and a smaller left adrenal removed.
She had to be on meds for bilateral adrenal. The surgery was done
in the middle of shed time, I accidentally noted that while
I was cleaning some ferretvite off her that the fur pulled out,
so I started plucking and huge patches would come out without effort.
Believe me I started plucking everyone to see what would happen.

I think the full fur coat is misleading, and when the next shed season
she will most likely lose it all quickly.

I think at her age if you are not going to do surgery even if more signs
develop, you may consider melatonin and/or lupron for future symptoms
and monitor her every few months for anemia, watch her peeing.
A friend of mine actually had a female block from adrenal- got a
stump pyometria and infection in her bladder as well.
The signs were similar to a male that can't pee, straining in the litter
box as if "constipated"/


On Mon, 4 Aug 2003 19:47:37 -0700 (PDT) kathie weber
<> writes:
> Hi, My Mandy did the same. Had no fur for a year and suddenly it grew
> back,
> Took her to the vet last week and the vet is stumped. Said she
> never saw that
> before. Mandy is 8 years old so we're happy with her progress. Oh--
> she
> gained 1/4 pound since last September. She's a real fuzzball now.
> The only
> thing that we did was give her "chicky soup" and lots of love. No
> meds.

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