Message Number: FHL2107 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 18:46:08 -0000
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: curious if any of these statements may hold for ferrets
--- In email@example.com, "Arlena Parrish" <arlena_furo@...> wrote:
> I asked the question, because two of my
> older kiddies have Advanced Adrenal
> Disease. I adopted Sweet Charity, about
> two weeks ago, knowing she was critical.
> She is least six years old.
Ah, do they have standard adrenal disease
(neoplasia, benign but definitely in need of
treatment) or does your vet have cause to suspect
either a carcinoma or lymphoma?
It sounds like surgery was not done for whatever
reason, so are Lupron Depot or deslorelin depot and
melatonin implants being used?
and many reasons (unknown by many people) on why
to not treating adrenal growths is not the best choice
(info you may not need but others may, esp those new
However, even under the best conditions, when
there is no malignancy, there is no bone marrow
toxicosis, there is no prostatic cystic disease - even
the most mild prediction is a sad one. Ferrets with
adrenal disease have a diminished quality of life -
they have progressive muscle loss, low grade anemia,
they tend to redistribute weight to the abdomen,
further making it difficult to walk, they have an
increased incidence of gastric ulcers as a result of
the stress of chronic illness, decreased bone density -
none life-threatening, but all life-compromising. Even
medical treatment, which is not my preferred way of
treating adrenal disease, gives slight releif to symptoms.
Doing nothing is not kind and not in a ferret's best interest.
With kindest regards,
Bruce Williams, DVM
There are also lymphoma and carcinoma posts in the
archives. Notice that for some reason carcinoma in the
adrenals is usually less of a concern than in some other
organs for ferrets.
If what you are talking about is going from an article on
a different disease in a different species then it pays to know
that you are making leaps and to carefully discuss it with
your treating vet beforehand.
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