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From: J Clark
Date: 2011-12-04 21:06:20 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Ferritonin implant


  I just got a message from a new vet I was referred to.  I inquired about Ferritonin implants for 2 of my older ferrets.  1 had adrenal surgery and all 5 of ours had deslorelin implants as well.  I wanted to implant the 2 older ones with Ferritonin to help with hair regrowth as Luci (4 years old & had adrenal surgery) has half a tail that is bald and Noodle has a slight look that his tail fur is thinning (he's 6 years old).

  My question is about what this vet said in her message which was that the Ferritonin implants can lead to insulinoma.  I have never read anything about this and wondered about it's accuracy. 

  Luci and Noddle are sleeping a bit more and other than the tail thinning/half bald issue currently, all else is normal (eat/play/poop/pee/energy while awake). We had been seeing a vet for checkups, implants and blood work every 6-8 months until I recently when my own health issues forced me to find a new vet closer to home.  This potential new vet's info is what I am questioning.  I have not booked an appointment yet. 

Thanks for any info I can obtain.  Cheers,

Jilli + 5

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[I have heard this (NOT from a vet) about Deslorelin implants as well as Lupron Depot. My understanding is that when adrenal disease is treated, if there is an underlying insulinoma it becomes evident. I have not found any published study that claims that treatment for adrenal disease causes insulinoma. I believe what happens is that the insulinoma is masked by the adrenal disease and the symptoms surface following adrenal disease treatment. Perhaps one of the vets who post to the FHL will unravel fact from myth and comment further. - Moderator (TD)].


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