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Best treatment for male ferret with adrenal disease? - Sunday, March 04, 2018 4:02 PM
About a week ago I rescued a ferret, Neumann, with adrenal disease. He is supposedly 3-4 years, and he is a Marshall's ferret. He has adrenal disease so he has lost 90% of his hair (he has some left on his feet and head). He was pretty skinny when I took him in, but he eats like a pig now and already has gained half a pound (: I took him to an exotic vet Friday and they put him on 1 mg of Melatonin daily, but she also mentioned putting him on a Lupon injection as well as a ferritonin implant as other options (she said to start off with the melatonin and see how it goes). She estimated that he has about 1-2 years left to live. I was curious as to what the best course of treatment for him would be? I know a lot of male ferrets who with adrenal disease develop prostate issues as well, and I read that Lupon would help that. What would you suggest? I just want him to have the best quality of life possible. He is a sweetheart and deserves the best. Any advice? Thank you in advance!! 

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Re:Best treatment for male ferret with adrenal disease? - Sunday, March 04, 2018 4:18 PM
My now 7 year old female was diagnosed with adrenal when she was 3. I opted to go with the Suprelorin F implant and have had fantastic results. She gets one every year like clockwork. The end of August her tail hair starts thinning, she gets the implant and a few weeks later she has the start of a very thick winter coat and is putting on winter weight. 

I wasn't a huge fan of the melatonin because I personally felt like that was just going to cover up her symptoms and to me the Suprelorin F actually treats the disease. She's lived happily for 4 years now (I'm hoping for many more but she is getting to be an old lady.) The implant for me is $150 plus general anesthesia and other vet's fees. It is a big needle for a little 1.8lb ferret. 

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Re:Best treatment for male ferret with adrenal disease? - Sunday, March 04, 2018 5:02 PM
Hello and Welcome to the forum! Thank you for rescuing your baby. My favored treatment for adrenal disease is either a monthly or 3 month Lupron depot shot and 3mg melatonin crushed in the noon soupy. I have heard many favorable things about the deslorin implant. Many of my friends use it. I have never considered surgery. When one of my my adrenal boys started having prostate problems my vet doubled his Lupron and that took care of it. There is also a med for it but don’t remember the name. 
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