After doing a lot of reading about Adrenal Disease I am almost convinced Stitch has it and I will probably be taking a vet visit but before I do I wanted to put this picture up and get some input. When he plays with Rufus he gets on top of him grabbing the back of his neck. (watched a vid about that being a sign) The first time he did it he shook his head and i had to get him off of Rufus concerned he was going to hurt him. He gets on top of him but isn't as aggressive now, and it doesn't last long, the hair loss is concerning me as well, it isn't getting better but seems to have stopped now. He eats fine goes to the bathroom fine, he seems a bit clumsy, always has been since i had him but I thought it was because he was overweight and he had all his fur then too.
Post by sherrylynne on Sept 22, 2010 8:59:18 GMT -5
From that picture, it looks like the fur loss is around his neck/shoulder area, as well as his hips. Unfortunately, it does look like adrenal loss to me, at least. Yeah, get him in, and have the vet give him a shot of lupron. If by chance it's not adrenal, it won't hurt him anyway. And if it is, you should see signs of it working in about 3-4 weeks. Although one of mine had to have 2 shots before it "kicked in".
Well, from a lot of searching and what not, I found a vet and I went to visit them, from word of mouth she does not agree with the raw diet, but.....it seems Stitches adrenal help will not cost as much as I thought. They have 3 types of lupron, 1 dose a higher dose and a time release implant. 50 usd office visit and 89 dollars for the highest (time release) So, I need some input on those that are familiar with any or all of these please....I have had my share of vet visits with other animals and know that not all, just like any other occupation agree to do the same, I just want to know by word of mouth from a few before I go in. She seems like a very very nice vet on my first impression and I am researching her expertise on ferrets atm as well. The receptionist seemed to be well informed about them as well so I think that may be a good sign. IDK. Thanks for any help or comments in advance. J PS: There doesn't seem to be a big variety of ferret friendly vets in my area mostly dogs and cats. This particular vet specializes in "small animals and exotic pets" mostly, from what it sounds. (There was a ferret magazine in the waiting area) Oh and one more thing, I was looking at him closely and I noticed a bump next to his right rear thigh/hip area, is this from previous shots maybe? None on the other side. Maybe he had adrenal already and the previous owners never mentioned it or from previous rabies shots? I will ask the vet as well but just really curious about it.
Post by sherrylynne on Nov 14, 2010 23:02:09 GMT -5
As for the lupron, from what I understand, the closer you are to the equator, you use the longer lasting depot. They seem to need that initial burst of the drug, then the longer term release seems to help more. In Canada, northern US, the monthly depot seems to work better. I'm guessing it has to do with how long the light lasts where you are. I can't find the link for that, but I believe I read that on the FML a couple of years ago. Your vet will be able to guide you best in this, though. As for the lump, not sure. It could be a fatty growth, or even some type of implant that has migrated from where it was placed.