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From: Xtasy Ferrets
Date: 2005-03-12 23:35:22 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] RE: I wonder...
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Hi all-
Now let me throw a wrench or maybe not into the works....

Here I have an intact male age 3 years who was in "rut" for a solid year.

Usually the guys come into rut, then ease out only to come in again-
similar in nature to the estrus cycles in females .
During the full year of rut - I guess the switc got stuck on.. in addition
to the expected marking & odiforus nature of this beast.. he began to
appear adrenal. First getting thin on the shoulders adn spreading to the
flanks. Yes I know some folks have said intacts can be adrenal -- but
then a lupron shot was used to break the hormonal cycle....( it has been
also used here at Dr Murry's suggestion for a dwarf female with heart stint
that cannot be spayed as well).

Though perhpas the large ferret could have used a larger does the single
monthly depot was administered. After 4 weeks with no improvement a
melatonin chip was administered. The ferrets hormonal issues are currently
resolved. NO more odor and finally all the pink areas have salt & pepper
hair growing in with even coverage.

Both the lupron and melatonin appear to have resolved his male baldness...
now I wonder IF this could be applied to humans?
Maybe the shelter Dad could grow his missing hair back too???

Alicia D.

At 04:46 PM 3/12/2005, you wrote:
>Yes, LH is the problem in ferrets, or so I've been told, but my thinking
>was that since the pituitary is producing both LH and FSH in response to
>the trigger, I'm assuming, perhaps wrongly so, that if FSH levels are
>going down, LH levels are following suit.