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The Veterinary Center now offers deslorelin (Suprelorin F) hormone implants to aid in the treatment of adrenal gland disease in ferrets. Adrenal gland disease, common in middle aged to older ferrets, occurs when tumors form in one or both adrenal glands, resulting in the release of hormones that can cause hair loss, itchy skin, anemia, prostate gland enlargement in males with potential fatal urinary tract obstruction, and bone marrow suppression.
Deslorelin is an implant that can be placed beneath the ferret’s skin in a simple, quick surgical procedure and that slowly releases hormones over time to suppress the negative effects of the hormones released by the tumor(s). While the implant does not eliminate the tumor(s), it can decrease the uncomfortable, unsightly, and potentially life-threatening effects the tumor(s) may cause.