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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-12-01 00:49:25 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Hiding pain ( was Re: need advice on adrenal desease)

There simply is no replacement for good veterinary care. It is an essential, like food and shelter.

If this were an early case then perhaps some melatonin might help for a while, but when a case has been ongoing it worsens and then such a mild approach is just not sufficient.

Here is an excellent past post on some of the problems associated with untreated adrenal disease from ferret expert veterinary pathologist, Dr. Bruce Williams, from back before the current medical approaches :

> Actually tonight I am working on a promised article to Ferrets Mag about adrenal disease. But I think that Melissa and Sukie have covered the dire possibilities very well (and they are very real.)
> However, even under the best conditions, when there is no malignancy, there is no bone marrow toxicosis, there is no prostatic cystic disease - even the most mild prediction is a sad one. Ferrets with adrenal disease have a diminished quality of life - they have progressive muscle loss, low grade anemia, they tend to redistribute weight to the abdomen, further making it difficult to walk, they have an increased incidence of gastric ulcers as a result of the stress of chronic illness, decreased bone density - none life-threatening, but all life-compromising. Even medical treatment, which is not my preferred way of treating adrenal disease, gives slight releif to symptoms. Doing nothing is not kind and not in a ferret's best interest.

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