Message Number: SG18026 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2006-07-28 01:16:55 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] RE: Early/late neutering

I don't know if anyone knows but for females there are some hints that something changes after a year of age. Whether it would affect adrenal growth on-set age is anyone's guess, though. It has been noticed that for both whole females (by FHL members) and for females with incomplete spays (study cited in _Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents, Clinical Medicine and Surgery_, page 47*) that the fatal anemia complication for a female who goes unbred is much lower before the age of a year.

* Rosenthal, KI: Ferrets. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 1994; 24: 1-22

Author wrote:
> As I am about to get a new 8 wk old jill on monday I have been pondering on what do do regarding when to neuter (Adrenal possibilities).
> I normally have my jills neutered at 6-7 months but is there any benefit in waiting until end of Feb (9 mths) or is it necessary to allow 1 season and then neuter (after jill jab) to get the maximum benefit postulated.
> Tony
> In memory of Sally and Sue

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