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Date: 2010-09-07 02:12:15 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Adrenal Disease Symptoms

--- In, Christina Bernhard <fret.popper@...> w=
> According to a researcher (not sure if I may mention his name) not only d=
oes hyperadrenocorticism manifest itself in different ways, as you say, but=
also it might be that all ferrets will develop adrenal tumors. Some of the=
m only do not show the signs associated with the disease.

My experiences tend to concur.

> To this day - best prevention of this condition is a suprelorin implant i=
n entire=C2=A0and surgically neutered ferrets of both sexes.

Based on my experiences, Lupron also seems to be quite effective.

> [Well, I know for a fact that some ferrets can live long lives with
> no adrenal disease. Ours used to be used for teaching purposes
> after they passed, complete with pathology done, and a number
> had no adrenal disease ever. Of course, some did. One had
> asymptomatic adrenal disease found after death, but none
> of our other ones who passed after a full life without known
> adrenal disease had any adrenal disease show up, even with
> pathology results.
> These were almost all early neutered ones. As is already known,
> whole ferrets have a lowered chance of adrenal disease than
> neutered ones.
> -- Moderator (SDC)]

Sukie, may I ask how long ago this was? It seems ferrets of today are not q=
uite the same as ferrets of years ago when it comes to health issues.

Karen McCabe


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