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From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2008-05-20 19:53:47 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Melatonin before adrenal surgery- or not?

Complications are very rare when the surgery is done
by a vet who knows ferrets, but of course some ferrets
have other reasons that can make surgery risky, for
example advanced age such as 8 years old or over
(though we have had a right adrenal surgery on an
8 year old ferret go fine), heart disease or other serious
simultaneous health problem that might complicate
surgery. Also, sometimes surgery on the right gland
can be harder to do if the ferret has had the tumor grow
into neighboring structures like the vena cava or the liver.

Using certain gas anesthesia types like Iso reduce other
risk factors.

Of course, as with any surgery, the ferret needs to be kept
quiet (no climbing) for at least 10 days, clean so need to use
or paper litter instead of other litters, hydrated, etc.

--- In, "ferret_person" <robinpikscher@...> wrote:
> There are many posts on this topic. I have used Meletonin for a few
> months and now I use the ferretonin implant for my ferrets. I am not
> considering surgery, as there are too many complications that might
> arise from it.


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