Message Number: FHL2931 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2007-11-04 17:05:17 UTC
Subject: Re: Ferret suddenly died - need input Re: [ferrethealth] Digest Number 955

In a message dated 11/04/07 4:47:27 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

I was told by the vet that I made a mistake and should not have done
Lupron since he already had adrenal surgery. The surgery was a quick
cryo, and it did work for a while but then he started being agressive.
Did I do the wrong thing by giving him Lupron? Did I send him into
shock by letting the Lupron wear off? I am confused, sad, and I think
I might have killed him.

**No. You didn't.

Lupron, first of all, is a totally appropriate response to return of adrenal
symptoms following an adrenalectomy. Secondly, it wears off slowly as the
body utilizes the medication, not suddenly like a insulinoma crash or Addison's
disease. Ferrets do not go into shock due to Lupron wearing off.

Personally, I find that cryosurgery often does not completely destroy all of
the affected adrenal tissue and I have often seen ferrets that have had
cryosurgery have return of symptoms, by the way, and have often done either Lupron
or a second surgery - I don't use cryosurgery at all, actually, and these are
second opinions.

You don't say how elevated the one kidney value was (or which one it was) -
if it was the BUN, it may have been elevated simply due to dehydration, but I
have seen ferrets in kidney failure with elevation of only the BUN.

Dark, tarry stool and a painful abdomen, however, make me worry about either
an ulcer, or possibly an intestinal tumor that was bleeding.

So sorry that you lost him, but the Lupron had nothing to do with it.**

Dr. Ruth
Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.

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