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From: Mike
Date: 2010-11-29 09:58:00 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] thinning tail.. What are my options?

If you wanted to confirm Adrenal disease, before treating you could do the =
Tennessee Panel, but that is expensive.=C2=A0 You could also do an ultrasou=
nd to image the adreanal glands but again that can be expensive.=C2=A0 As f=
or me I would rather not pay $$$ for these tests then turn around and pay m=
ore $$$ for the treatments.
We had two ferrets who had adrenal surgery and it came back within a few mo=
For me my choice is the Deslorin Implant it can last from 8 months to 2 yea=
rs.=C2=A0 It costs around $200.00 but that is cheaper than Monthly Lupron s=
hots and (in=C2=A0 my opinion) is better than the melatonin implants.=C2=A0=
If the ferret doesn't need the Deslorin Implant it wont hurt him/her and y=
ou can judge the difference in the ferrets fur and aditude.=C2=A0 If the fu=
r grows back then you can be reasonably certain it was adrenal disease ane =
re-implant every 8 - 24 months.
We have three ferrets who have the implants and they are doing great.=C2=A0=
To see them before the implant you wouldn't think anything was wrong (besi=
des the thinning hair) but a couple days after the implant these ferrets ar=
e more alert and happy.=C2=A0 There must be something in the hormones that =
are produced in adrenal disease which makes them feel bad (even though they=
hide it)
One word of caution the Deslorin Implants will not help if the ferret has a=
drenal cancer.
These are just my thoughts and I am not an expert but the little bit of exp=
erience I've had tells me the best course of action is the Deslorin Implant=

--- On Mon, 11/29/10, md l <> wrote:

From: md l <>


I have the sweetest little girl ferret that has ever graced this planet and=
will do anything to save her. She has had a thinning tail for the past 3
months. She is only 2 years old. What are my options? I talked to my exotic=
vet.. Supposedly the most knowledgable of ferrets in the city. He says even=

when the tail thinning is "seasonal" (which was my hunch) that it's usually=

early signs of adrenal disease (even if the fur grows back). I am worried s=
about my baby girl. I will do anything to stop this. What is my first step?=

My vet didn't seem to think there was anything to do at this stage... Thoug=
h we
were there for another pet when we discussed it.. He hasn't actually seen h=
He said they don't do testing to confirm adrenal there at his clinic so I d=
see any reason to take her in just yet. Please help!

Thank you,


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