Date: 2011-04-09 17:07:57 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Deslorlin implant...when do they start taking effect?
Have you tried keeping your ferrets in an area that allows them to experience the natural lighting of the day.... natural sunrise and sunset times?
I have seen this work countless times with bald ferrets, swollen vulvas, thining hair, etc. I allows the boday to regulate it's own melatonin.
We had a bald 8 yr old female come into the rescue and within a month started growing back all her fur. She had full fur in a few months.
We had a female come in with a swollen vulva. Same thing, within a month the vulva started to get smaller. It went to normal size and stayed that way for the remaining 3 years, until her death.
I have also had cases of thining and bald ferrets over the years, so I am a believer in the photophase (natural lighting).
No lights or night lights should be used during the critical times of sunrise and sunset. I will go down to their area in our walk-out basement after dark for cleaning and playing, then I'll leave the lights on until I go to bed.
I also make sure they have plenty of dark places to sleep in, dark fabric for blankets, sleepsacks, hammocks. All hammocks have dark blankets for them to cubby under.
Small cardboard boxes with one small hole, filled with blankets. I cover all the 'sleeping cages' (my ferrets are never locked in cages, they have play areas), with dark colored sheets. With the top, sides and backs covered. Leaving the front open. It gives them a sense of security and darker atmosphere.
Give it a try and let us know if you have good results.
[Yes, what people often don't get is that
it is DARKNESS which signals the body to
make its own melatonin.
Actually, the first good evidence of the
importance of melatonin with reduction
of the rates of hormonal growths, including
hormonal malignancies, came from one
of the Scandinavian nations when
epidemiologists noticed that people with
specific types of blindness had greatly
reduced rates of hormonal malignancies.
(Some much more recent work on hormonal
malignancies indicates that people with
allergies also have reduced rates, and IF that
continues to hold up, and IF their hypothesis
that it is due to to the increased immune
system activity holds up then that might also
be so for ferrets who have allergies.
Another new observation is that women who
have pronounced hot flashes and many of them
have reduced rates of some types of hormonal
malignancies, but i don't know how anyone
could ever determine if a ferret was having bad
hot flashes and waking with them, though I
have encountered ferrets who flushed at times.)
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