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Date: 2010-03-05 22:14:24 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Ferretonin implants as a preventative?

I went through the archives and could not find answers to a question I have.

I understand that lupron can be used as a preventative (one shot every spring is it?). Not sure if that is proven or not, but some shelters swear by it. Correction?

On that basis, I started to give my ferrets one implant a year in Feb/March starting between age 1-2. Then by age 4-5 two times a year. Not one ferret that I've done this with, has ever died of adrenal. And I've only had one ferret pass which we didn't find answers as to what led to his passing (he was 7 however). Not one of my ferrets have had any symptomology of adrenal either (hair loss, coat changes, muscle mass loss, fatigue, sexual activity or aggression). All have passed away from other pathologies. That said, I have not had a lot of ferrets to make me comfortable in tooting a horn about this. I just keep it to myself and share my experience with close friends. So my question is has this been studied. Or is there any anecdotal stories or at least theories about this? If I continue my practice, should i alter it in any way (am I doing anything wrong?) even though it seems successful?

Just a note. I've only had one ferret in my life who went adrenal and NOT react impressively to melatonin (he was given oral however, not implant), and need surgery in addition to implants. By positive reactions, I mean drastic gain of muscle mass, energy, loss if itchy skin, hair growth). However, when a ferret even hints of adrenal, I start poppin' 'em in. So it never really gets going if you know what I mean. I've not attempted the implants on full blown, bald ferrets. Just some imput to help share results.

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