There is a brake through on Adrenal Disease so
please go to this article by Dr. Jerry Murray
forwarded by Sukie Crandle.
MELATONIN for Ferret Health
I am not a veterinarian and information expressed on this
page are by no means a substitute for prompt, hands-on care, from a licensed,
Ferrets produce Melatonin naturally during periods that are
unsafe to have kits which is usually in the winter and fall. It inhibits the adrenal
gland production of sexual hormones but does not shrink the gland. There are many reasons why American ferrets
are so susceptible to adrenal problems. A few reasons are that the original breeding pairs had a flawed
gene or it is caused because ferrets are neutered too young or they lose sense
of seasons because they are kept indoors under artificial lighting. Whatever the
reason adrenal distress is somewhat common in domesticated American ferrets. The only way to
cure the problem is to remove the gland that is overproducing hormones but you
may be able to buy time until you can afford the surgery or worse yet, have a
gland or a ferret that you are unable to operate on. I have been using 1 mg of
Melatonin mixed with ¼" of Nutrical or mix it
in with a bit of ferretone given to my little guys every day at
2:00 PM. I have had excellent results and out of 14 ferrets only one is not
responding to this regime. Also, it can be used with Lupron or Flutamide with no ill effects.
I highly recommend it as a very inexpensive method
of inhibiting the production of sexual hormones and would be happy to
answer any individuals question.
Please remember if this condition is not treated (benign
neglect) 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
of treating adrenal disease, gives slight relief to symptoms. Doing nothing
is not kind and not in a ferret's best interest.
Dr. Bruce Williams Golden Oldie
For some great links on Melatonin try;
Jerry Murray, DVM
http://www.trifl.org/medical.shtml#adrenal by Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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