Date: 2009-04-23 12:07:54 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Addison's disease
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jonutei" <jonutei@...> wrote:
> Is there a slight chance that a ferret will develop Addison's if only one affected adrenal gland was removed? <
Yes, I've seen it happen. If the affected gland is large enough, it may have been over-producing, and often the remaining gland will have atrophied (quit working), so when the affected one is removed, there is no adrenal function until the atrophied gland starts working again. For this reason, my vet, and others, will automatically give a Percortin injection at the time of surgery, when a single large gland is removed, in order to keep things functioning until the atrophied one kicks in.
I'm sure this isn't stated exactly correctly, but you get the point.
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