Let me start by saying the treatment option I am presenting is an option that has worked for me. Please consult a vet to see what option is best for you.
My ferret, Rob Lowe, has adrenal gland disease. This disease is very common in ferrets and I read no one knows why.
Even humans have adrenal glands. What they do, in a nutshell, is produce extremely important hormones. Those hormones regulate blood glucose levels, electrolyte levels, and increase musculature among other things. They even produce some amounts of sex hormones.
I found out Robbie had adrenal gland disease by taking her to a vet. She had the classic symptoms. She had hair loss from about the waist down. She had a pot belly. The most telling sign was her swollen vulva. What this meant was that the glands were producing sex hormones that were causing this.
If your fuzzy is diagnosed with this illness don’t be too upset, you have options. Surgery is one but it has its risks that you must consider. I have read about some cutting edge implants that provide continual low doses of certain hormones needed to balance out the ones being produced by the diseased adrenal glands.
The option I chose was supplementing her diet with melatonin. Please note this option does not cure the disease. It only slows the progression.
I am also giving her a multi-vitamin and ferretone. The multi-vitamin and melatonin are in her water bottle and the ferretone is given as a treat at least once a week.
I have been doing this for only about a month and her coat is full and her vulva is looking near normal. Her energy is back up as well.
Please note that this is not a cure and you must consult a vet to weigh your options. I felt at Robbie’s age this was a good option. I will stay in touch with the vet to see where the disease progression is at and I urge you to do the same.
Please google adrenal glad disease in ferrets and read up on your options before and after consulting your vet. The more you know the easier it will be to come up with a treatment plan that is right for your situation.