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From: Susan Jones
Date: 2011-09-13 21:55:42 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] How young for DES implant

I hadn't seen any response to this; (staying sorta on topic) I have a three
year old male (petstore bought) surrendered to shelter at 9mos and I adopted
him. He is a large Marshall at 3 lb. He is aggressive to our new six month
old girl (chasing her, clucking, grabbing the back of her neck and shaking).
He is also itchy and had possible prostrate trouble as I saw alot of
dribbling when he urinates. So we had a des. implant put in place on 7/7/11.
It was placed directly between his shoulder blades and held in by 3 sutures.
Sutures came out at 2 weeks, swelling subsided and I saw immediate
improvement in his energy and over the last two months a little less
interest in being aggressive with the newcomer. This past week I noticed a
"sore" bloody/scabby spot on his neck and inspected it - it appeared to be
where the implant was. I cleaned it up with peroxide and he continued to
scratch at it. Then he got a bath Friday night. Well, in massaging the
area trying to get all the dried blood and hair cleaned, the implant popped
right out on the floor of the shower. I snatched it up just as I was
yelling "there goes $100 down the drain"and let it dry and placed it in a
clean empty pill bottle. I've added a new product to my ferret emergency
kit - liquid bandaid was the only thing I could find to protect the wound
and keep him from further aggravating it.

I have heard conflicting responses as to whether it can be re-implanted (it
was only 2 months old). We cannot return to the vet that implanted it
because of a very long story that is not related. There is not another vet
in my area or within 200 miles that administers the des. implant so I cannot
get another one unless we travel to big city. But I am willing to talk to
my new vet who only uses Lupron injections for adrenal disease. Before I
ask him to re-implant it, I know he is going to want to know the
manufacturers suggestions on storage, reusage, disinfection, etc. and other
vet experience with re-using.

If I were able to just get another one, money would not be a problem.
Problem is this is/was the only one in the area that he got in July as that
vet said they were on backorder from Australia I believe. It was working so
well, I was just hopeful that it could be re-implanted - and if not - I
guess we will start him on Lupron injections. Thanks for any and all advice
on this crazy matter.

[The Deslorelin implant has been recommended for fairly young ferrets as a prophylactic. I would suggest contacting PepTech directly and asking whether the implant is still viable, contact:

Rosie Warren
Territory Sales Manager (NSW)/Dispatch Officer
Peptech Animal Health Pty Ltd

While it may be done - I have never heard of a vet putting stitches at the implant site. - Moderator (TD)].


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