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From: "jody_wllms"
Date: 2010-06-09 18:37:54 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] frequent urination

I have a 5 year old ferret who has had adrenal disease within the year and has undergone adrenal surgery successfully. His left adrenal was removed and cryo on the right adrenal. He recently seems to be drinking more water and definately peeing more frequently. When we let him out of his cage he will use his piddle pad, then runs downstairs to play but again stops at the piddle pad at the bottom of the stairs and pees again. He never did this in the past. Sometime it seems like he just stops and pees anywhere. I would appreciate any comments others may have as to what they might think is going on with him. I do have an appointment to see a ferret knowledgeable vet but not till Friday. Thanks, Jody

[Sounds like prostate disease secondary to the remaining
diseased adrenal tissue. Cryo's big downside is that it
often leaves adrenal tissue. If your ferret does not need
Prednisolone and either Fludrocort/Florinef or Percorten
to stay alive then you know for sure that not all of the
tissue came out. Addisons happens when all comes out
OR when all hormone producing cortex tissue comes out
even if some of the hormone over-producing tissue remains,
and those meds are needed to prevent Addisons which is fatal.

These will help with prostate disease due to remaining
diseased adrenal tissue:
and there are more.

Plan on Lupron DEPOT or deslorelin IMPLANT
(suprelorelin), possibly also melatonin IMPLANT
(Ferretonin) and prostate meds. Antibiotics may
also be needed for a while.

You may already know that at times adrenal tissue
remains, usually due to things like only a debulking
being possible, cryo being used (again that is usually
debulking because it tends to be used when other
approaches would be too tricky), tissue caught under
vascular clamps, etc. Not all realize that.


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