Message Number: FHL5051 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2008-05-30 02:48:23 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Adrenal disease, surgery vs Lupron.

Hi Tressie
In your post you mentioned your vet using ultrasound to
diagnose adrenal gland disease. You are right, this is
not an accurate way to diagnose adrenal gland disease.
In a recent adrenal article from Colorado State University's
vet school, 18 adrenal ferrets had an ultrasound before surgery.
5 of the 18 ferrets had a false negative (ie they had adrenal disease
even though the ultrasound did not pick it up) and 6 of the 18 ferrets
had an incorrect identification of the adrenal gland that was affected
(ie ultrasound thought it was one adrenal gland but surgery showed
it was the other adrenal gland). That is 11 of 18 (61%) that had an
incorrect result. Thus as I have been saying for at least a decade,
Ultrasound is not a good way to diagnose adrenal gland disease.
{Yes, the skill level and experience of the ultrasounder and the quality
and size of the probe makes a difference, but this was an article
from a vet school with experts using a good ultrasound machine.}
Losing hair on the tail, and aggressive behavior are both signs of adrenal
gland disease.
As far as Deslorelin, do not use the short acting horse product.
The long lasting implant (Suprelorin) for dogs and cats is what you want.
Unfortunately it is not available in the US yet.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM


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