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From: "Mary"
Date: 2010-11-06 01:00:10 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Apparently random Adrenal statisitc.

Hi, a concerned UK ferret owner has cited the statistics given on this site of 80% of neutered ferrets developing adrenal disease and is obviously concerned about getting their ferret spayed, this would be at 6 months plus as is more common in the UK. .

I can find all sorts of figures on the net but none of them seem to quote a source. Are there any proper statistics out there for the prevalence of adrenal in neutered and entire ferrets?

[This has come up before. There was NO such set of studies.

In one of the ferret veterinary books two numbers appeared
as percentages of ferrets who developed adrenal disease in
two U.S. studies years apart, but no such studies were ever
done, so I found out who was cited on those figures and
contacted the person directly because he and i are long-time
on and off internet acquaintances He is also a reliable and
trustworthy veterinarian. He told me that he NEVER said that
such figures existed and they are much higher than what he
normally sees. If my recollection is right he normally sees
about 35% of ferrets getting adrenal disease.

Sadly, since then that figure has been repeated from the text
without the authors of those later publications checking first
to see if the pers com was not a misquote. (Let that be a
warning to always check papers and if they don't exist to
contact the person mentioned when a pers com is referenced
to see if the communication got befuddled.

So, sorry, I know there are people putting those figures into
publications since that book came out but the original "quote"
in the book does not match the reality in many ways. The
person cited as the source has said that it is completely wrong.
Unfortunately, not everyone checks references so it get repeated.

-- Moderator (SDC)]


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