Date: 2009-04-30 21:10:06 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Behavioral Symptoms of Adrenal Disease
In addition to sexual aggression, I have also seen the opposite occur. That is, healthy ferrets attacking a ferret who turns out to be adrenal. I once adopted a sweet boy out to a family with a female ferret. She brought him back in tears. He had torn into the female to the point that she needed stitches. Since I hadn't seen that behavior when he was here, I told her to have her female checked for adrenal disease. Sure enough, she was adrenal. I adopted the male out to another person and he fit in perfectly. The new home never had a minute of problem with him. I have seen this several times.
If you see any unusual behavior that could point to adrenal disease, look closely and carefully at the ferret. If adrenal disease is beginning, I guarantee that you WILL see some physical signs, though some may be very faint. They are things that may be barely discernible, and you may not notice unless you are specifically looking for them, but they are definitely there....slightly thinning fur, a slightly swollen vulva, slowing down a little bit, loss of muscle mass, etc. Over time, they will increase. When you choose to act is between you and your vet, but the sooner, the better.
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