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From: "ytonytcla"
Date: 2009-12-07 22:31:16 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Question about Deslorelin strengths

--- In, "Lisa Oestereich" <Lisa@...> wrote:
> My vet charges $150 per Deslorelin implant and gets them from
> Australia (9.4 mg). He says that it is the only dosage he will
> use. We have found that the UK Deslorelin (4.7 mg) is $101 for two > implants, which would make it a much cheaper option for a shelter
> that has many older ferrets that need an implant.
> Does the higher dosage control the adrenal disease any better?
> Does the 9.4 work longer than 1 year?

The 9.4mg size is 2x4.7mg implants in one pack. This packaging was initially designed and labelled for dogs, with the instructions to only use 1 implant irrespective of the size of the dog (I have the leaflet in front of me). The second implant is to be used after 6 months.
It is important to realise that these implants as packaged are specifically designed (and I quote) "For the induction of temporary inferility in healthy, non-castrated sexually mature dogs".
It is a fact that the same formulation was used by Dr Shoemaker in his developement of AAE treatment for ferrets, keeping the same packaging has made it cheaper to treat ferrets than producing a new size and packaging for ferrets.

The original treatment developed was to use 1x4.7mg implant to last a nominal 12 months for a ferret (8-24 months range possible).
I have heard reports from Australia that 2 implants can be used at 1 time to treat for 24 months (nominal). I do not know if this has been researched.

Tony (not a vet), Sugar and Suki.
In memory of Sally and Sue.


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