Message Number: FHL8753 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Karen McCabe"
Date: 2009-04-26 18:23:27 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: bald spot on base of the tail

--- In, "lumazzanti" <lumazzanti@...> wrote:
> hello again:
> 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 extra=
ction from near his throat (very impressive) to study his cortisol levels. =
He said that the study came back negative because the cortisol levels are =
not high, in fact, they are a little bit low.

This is not the way to test for adrenal disease in ferrets. Estradiol, Andr=
ostenedione and 17-hydroxyprogesterone need to be measured, not cortisol. B=
elow is info on the test that needs to be run.

Adrenal Panel for Ferrets - Test for adrenocortical disease in ferrets.

Collect baseline serum sample (0.5 ml). Centrifuge samples as soon as possi=
ble, separate and freeze.

Ship frozen samples preferably in styrofoam container, next day delivery, o=
n Monday - Thursday with 1-2 cool-packs (add insulating materials [peanuts;=
paper], and seal styrofoam seams with tape).

The following hormones will be assayed: Estradiol, Androstenedione and 17-h=
ydroxyprogesterone. The assay is run each week.

UTCVM Clinical Endocrinology Service
Department of Comparative Medicine, Rm A105
A-105, Veterinary Medical Building
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4543

Tel: (865) 974-5638
FAX: (865) 974-5640

Karen McCabe


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