Date: 2010-07-26 17:27:20 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: fur thining on tail - young ferret
Generally vets diagnose adrenal disease based on clinical symptoms, i.e., patterned hair loss, sexual behaviour, etc. There is one definitive diagnostic test. It is a blood sample test referred to as the Tennessee Panel (adrenal panel) and is available through the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine:
I use a liquid oral melatonin because our vets in this part of the country do not use melatonin implants. I buy the oral melatonin at a human pharmacy. However, you can check with your vet and see if it is available. Its easier in that you don't have to worry about remembering to give it.
The oral melatonin ideally should be given 7-9 hours after sunrise, once a day, every day to be effective.
The test is very expensive for us Canadians, less so for Americans.
I don't know if the sublingual melatonin is suitable, perhaps someone else on the FHL knows. Swallowing it would decrease its effectiveness because it is designed to be absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth and not through the digestive system.
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