Message Number: FHL5364 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Karen McCabe"
Date: 2008-07-02 18:42:28 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: vaginal discharge-infection?

--- In, "ferretgirl27" <ferretgirl27@...>
> She had a full blood workup and ultrasound 6 weeks ago when her
cagemate, Pika, passed
> away and everything seemed pretty normal-i.e. her adrenals were not

Ultrasound is not a good method for detecting adrenal disease nor is
routine blood work. The best method, in my experience, is the adrenal
panel (run only by the University of Tennessee). I would suggest you
have this test run, chances are you are in fact dealing with adrenal

Here is the info....

Adrenal Panel for Ferrets - Test for adrenocortical disease in ferrets.

Collect baseline serum sample (0.5 ml). Centrifuge samples as soon as
possible, separate and freeze.

Ship frozen samples preferably in styrofoam container, next day
delivery, on Monday - Thursday with 1-2 cool-packs (add insulating
materials [peanuts; paper], and seal styrofoam seams with tape).

The following hormones will be assayed: Estradiol, Androstenedione and
17-hydroxyprogesterone. The assay is run each week.

UTCVM Clinical Endocrinology Service
Department of Comparative Medicine, Rm A105
A-105, Veterinary Medical Building
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4543

Tel: (865) 974-5638
FAX: (865) 974-5640

Karen McCabe


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