Date: 2010-12-14 17:05:31 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Deslorelin implants, our results
I have also noticed the light phases to make a big difference in some ferrets that have come to our shelter.
We have had 3 females come to us that have been bald and swollen vulvas. I had even scheduled one for surgery, but had to delay it because she got the sniffles. Shortly after that I noticed that her vulva went to normal and her hair got plush, no surgery.
The same thing happened to a 5 yr old female that came in a month ago. Her vulva was swollen and puss oozing. Her chest was bald. Within a couple weeks I noticed her vulva going back to normal and her chest is no longer bald. Her vulva is nearly normal, too.
An 8 yr old almost completely bald ferret was surrendered and she grew back a full plush coat right away. I was going to start melatonin, but then realized I didn't have to.
So I am a HUGE believer in the light phases with their natural regulation of melatonin.
My guys live in our finished walk-out basement in 3 areas (no cages, I divide the space with outstretched metal playpens attached to walls) and the lights are not on during the sunrise and sunset times of the day. I will go down there later at night for cleaning, etc. then turn on the lights, well after sunset.
I have 18 ferrets and not a single bald one. Not even any pattern baldness. And most of them are sporting their plush winter coats.
> One thing that DID change: Steve was away during the improvement
> phase and we have a small place so there is no choice but for the
> ferrets to be in the same room as his large computer and he uses a
> pretty bright light which tends toward the blues when we uses his
> computer. What can I say; our eyes are worsening. When he was away I
> only used the amber light in that room because I had no need to use
> any other light. Certainly, the more melatonin the body produces the
> more controlled adrenal disease is, and melatonin production decreases
> with increased light exposure.
> Sukie (not a vet)
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