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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2006-08-09 14:57:02 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Hair Loss Not Adrenal

We have seen constant use of high levels of steroids for severe IBD
cause fur loss, but another possibility for your little one is that
some adrenal tissue remained and regrew.

Cryosurgery tends to not always get everything, but usually it gets
enough that the effect of the tumor debulking can be to delay
problems for a few years. That can also happen with other
techniques, and in some cases there is no option except to do a
debulking rather than a complete removal.

If your ferret does not need Prednisolone (or alternative steroid)
plus either Percorten or Fludrocort/Florinef to replace essential
adrenal products then some adrenal tissue has remained. (Even then
on rare occasions a ferret may regrow some hormonal producing adrenal
tissue but lack enough cortical steroid producing tissue and then a
ferret can need those replacement meds but also need treatment such
as Lupron Depot and Melatonin Implant for the remaining adrenal tissue.)

-- Sukie (not a vet, and not speaking for any of the below in my
private posts)
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