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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2009-10-29 23:06:15 UTC
Subject: Expressing Scent Glands Re: [ferrethealth] Digest Number 1678

Hmmmm.... I wonder if it depends on the genetic line and/or early history??? The 3 I was referring to came from the Ohio rescue and were not spayed either. 2 out of 3 have had infections and recurring impactions. All 3 have required manual expressing by my vet every six months or so. One came with a nasty anal gland infection that recurred three times each on a course of antibiotics before it finally cleared up.

My vet was not comfortable doing surgical descenting so we've had to deal with this in other ways. One of the three passed away last April from JL.

They don't pouf as often as they did when younger but still do pouf at least once or twice a month. However, they don't come from the healthiest of stocks, which I assume must be a factor.


--- In, ferrethealer@... wrote:
...Personally, the vast majority
> of my ferrets have not been descented, rarely poof, and I have only ever
> had one ferret develop an impaction and none get an infection. ...
> Dr. Ruth
> *****************************************
> Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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