Date: 2006-03-20 16:18:04 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] RE: darkness/natural sunlight
I think that level of choice is probably too far beyond anyone's knowledge at this time for an accurate answer, so do what is manageable.
Remember that the darkness/melatonin approach to delaying or avoiding adrenal disease or possibly for reducing other malignancies (human studies) is still hypothetical, though it is a hypothesis for which there continues to be increasing evidence, as can be seen with a quick look at the articles in PubMed and elsewhere. So, there are still some basic aspects which need to be understood to have the best grasp on how our own actions in this regard may help our ferrets, and the nuances involved.
Of course, there may be some new work of which I am unaware or something I missed which may help someone with more expertise better answer your question than I can.
Personally, reaching the window in our ferret room is also difficult, so we use artificial lighting. Our own rate of adrenal disease through the 25 years has been below 1/3 of the ferrets and typically over the age of 5 or 6. (Our rate of insulinoma is also low, BTW, quite a bit lower than the adrenal rate, though we are not at all sure why.)
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