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From: "ayelet_erlich"
Date: 2008-07-23 15:45:21 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] My ferret is getting slimmer by the day

Hello everyone
I wrote here at the beginning of the month, when I discovered (by
ultra-sound) that my 3yrs old ferret has adrenal disease (right adrenal)

I am from Israel and there are 3 experts in ferrets here.

2 of them suggested to begin with a max dose of steroids (and
gradually get to the minimum dose) and later on give Lupron shot or 2
shots every month.
One of them said that he noticed that many ferrets in Israel tend to
have allergies to the commercial food.

The 3rd vet recommended to put my ferret through surgery and get
biopsy from the liver, stomach, right adrenal (all those organs seemed
unregular in the ultra-sound) and maybe remove the whole or some of
the right adrenal.

Since the surgery is risky, and is done by a surgeon expert and not by
a ferret expert, I decided to wait with it and go with the safer

My ferret is now on steroids for 3 weeks (and also on hypoallergenic
At the begging of the month she weighted 540-540 grams. now she is at
the lowest point so far - 495 grams!!!
She is going to get her first shot of Lupron at the begging of next week.

I am worried sick, I don't have much money (no job yet, not help from
family, and I have more pets and an older dog that needs surgery on
his back)

I'm writing to you all to get some support and.. I don't know... get
all the bad feeling and thought out of me. sorry...


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