Date: 2009-04-26 11:47:19 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: bald spot on base of the tail
well, according to the vet, Merlin is not adrenal.
I don=B4t know whether to trust him on this or not. He did a blood extract=
ion from near his throat (very impressive) to study his cortisol levels. H=
e said that the study came back negative because the cortisol levels are no=
t high, in fact, they are a little bit low. Also explored him manually and=
he thinks it may not be an adrenal problem.
He will now do some tests to see if it could be a skin condition.=20
What should I do??
Should I ask for further tests for adrenal??? If so, which should those be?=
Take into account that I live in Spain and here there are not many ferret k=
nowledgeable vets. This vet is the best with "exotics" around here and he =
is the one who has more experience with ferrets, as he has lots of ferret p=
Thanks for any wise advice.
Ferrets don't get Cushings so looking at those levels
would not be helpful nor diagnostic. It is a logical
mistake for any who is not used to this nuance of ferrets
and would be completely useful in ***other*** species. Ferrets
instead get hormonal variations with adrenal disease. Send
your vet to veterinary resources like these:
See page 3 above.
You and your vet will find the separate FHL archives to be
a treasure chest.
Others are sure to send more info for you and your vet.]
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