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From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2010-05-20 22:05:04 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] belly hair loss

Mike wrote: "I had two ferrets have adrenal surgery (one on the left
and the other was the more rare right). In both case the adrenal
disease came back within a couple months. "

Sorry to hear it. You've had bad luck but your results are not
typical. In my 10 ferrets who have had adrenal disease over the years
surgery has been curative more often than not. By curative, I mean
they lived for years with no further symptoms or signs of the disease.
For example, my Ella had left adrenal surgery in December, 2004.
Here we are, fully five and a half years later, and Ella is a happy,
healthy eight year old who has had no further major health issues. I
believe Sukie's results are similar to what I've experienced.

[Yes, but one thing that seems to differ a lot across households
is the rate of adrenal growths (including bilateral ones). --SDC]

To Lisa: While it can never hurt to have a vet take a look again
(except in the pocket book) I agree with the Moderator comments.
We've had ferrets not regrow hair or even lose a little more until the
next seasonal coat change. If the next coat doesn't come in full then
you may be looking at a recurrence.

All the best,
Caity and the terrific trio
Ella, Zephyr and Chin Soon

On 5/20/10, Mike <> wrote:
> I had two ferrets have adrenal surgery (one on the left and the other was
> the more rare right).=A0 In both case the adrenal disease came back withi=
n a
> couple months.=A0 Now both have a deslorin implant.
> I hope this helps
> Mike
> [One thing to keep in mind when Lupron
> or deslorelin is first used is that the
> symptoms, including fur loss, sometimes
> temporarily worsen at first then decrease.
> The reason is how this class of medications
> works, and is also why a person needs to
> avoid the daily Lupron and the horse
> deslorelin. Instead Lupron Depot, or
> the deslorelin implant must be used.
> See:
> on why that is, and also those cheaper products
> can make things worse.
> Just putting this in for those who have seen
> a temporary worsening of symptoms, including
> fur loss, after the use of either medication.
> --Moderator]


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