Message Number: SG18003 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Debbie Hunton
Date: 2006-07-27 15:37:31 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Melatonin Effect on Blood Glucose?
To: Ferret Health List <>,

In the archives, I found a post from Dr. Murray (
SG16917 ) that says:

"No, melatonin does not lower the blood glucose level."

My vet, who I have always found to be fairly knowledgeable about ferrets, recently
told me that I should not get a melatonin implant for my insulinomic boy who is also
showing some signs of adrenal.

Therefore, I'd really like to find out more about the affects of melatonin on blood
glucose. Is there a study out there? Does Dr. Murray have more info? Anyone? :)

Is there a general affect on the blood glucose when a ferret has adrenal? I know
that these two are the most common diseases that ferrets encounter, and so are
often seen together in the same little body. How do they interact? Does treating
either one affect (positively or negatively) the other? Do the medications (I'm
thinking prednisone/prednisolone for insulinoma, and melatonin or luprin for
adrenal... let me know if there are others I've missed) interact badly with the other

I'm just really concerned about my little boy, and looking for more info. Thanks!


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