Suprelorin implant - not just for chemical castration

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  1. snowbunny

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    I've been to the vet this afternoon, to get a suprelorin implant administered. Not for Shadow, but for Fidget, one of my ferrets. Who is a girl. And spayed, at that. She has early stage adrenal disease, or, to use its full name, adrenal gland cortical disease; basically a tumour on the adrenal gland. There is no cure, although surgery is an option, it's a very risky procedure, and she's not a spring chicken anymore (nearly 7 years of age), so the implant is the best option. It drastically slows the growth of the tumour and reverses the clinical signs; hair loss being the one that alerted us to the disease in her.

    It was a really unpleasant visit for her, because the needle was massive. The implant is the size of a grain of rice, which may not sound big, but it makes for a massive needle on a tiny ferret. She's about 700g in weight, not like some of the big bruiser boys you see. Back in a month to see if it was effective, and if so, she'll have to have the implant renewed every six months.

    Poor little fuzzbutt :(

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  2. Naya

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    Poor girl I hope it helps her
     
  3. JulieT

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    Aw, poor girl. I hope it helps.

    Do you take the ferrets to Spain with you?
     
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    Aww poor wee thing. I hope it works for her x
     
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    Very interesting. Hope this is successful.
     
  6. bbrown

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    Ah bless her! Hope it helps xxx
     
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    Poor girl :(
     
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    Hope it works, very interesting. Poor little ferret though.
     
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    We haven't been, because it's not been secure enough for them, so a friend has been popping in to look after them. The plan is to take them with us tomorrow, though, and we're staying there for a week or so. They have their own room, which is in a nice cool, dark place in the house :)
     
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    Bless her little face xx
     
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    Hope it helps her.
     
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    Aww, best wishes. I've lost three ferrets to that dread disease in the last five years, and two to insulinoma. I wish people, especially here in Denmark, had been more careful with breeding, so these things were more rare.
     
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    I've not looked into the genetic prevalence of it, but I know it can be exacerbated by early spaying, bad diet and too much exposure to light, so I have been careful with all of these aspects.

    Happily, Fidget is responding well to the implant, and has started regrowing her hair. I know it's not a cure and only slows the progression, but it's good news that the clinical symptoms are disappearing, at least. She's back to the vet soon for a follow-up scan, so we'll be able to see if the tumour is responding at all.

    Thanks for your wishes. They're such funny little creatures.
     
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