Ferrets and a Supplement for Adrenal Gland Disease
I was doing some research on adrenal gland disease a few months ago and came across this page by a ferret owner saying how he gave MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane), Vitamin C and Flaxseed Oil to his ferret suffering from adrenal disease (sometimes called Adrenal Associated Endocrinopathy, or AAE) and how, after 7-8 weeks, all his ferret’s fur grew back and there was no trace of adrenal disease!
At the time, my boy Angus was losing hair again as his Suprelorin implant was in need of a replacement and I wanted to find supplements which would help him to get over his present ordeal.
I also noticed that Mojo, my albino girl, had bald patches on her haunches and under her tail. These puzzled me as they weren’t the type of typical hair loss, which I expected to see if she had adrenal problems, but when I brought it up on my forum, I heard from several American ferret owners that ferrets with adrenal disease could develop bald patches anywhere on their bodies and, as Angus was my first ferret in 17 years to get AGD, I deferred to their knowledge.
Okay, I thought, I would order those three supplements and see if I couldn’t get Angus, whom I knew to be suffering from AGD, and Mojo looking and feeling better.
I’d heard about MSM 5 years earlier, when my sister (who lives in the south of France) suggested I should take it to help me with my osteoarthritis. When I came back down under, I tried to find a supplier here in Oz but to no avail, so I forgot about it.
This time I was pleased to see I could get MSM so I ordered a packet. I also found that the best type of Vitamin C available was Camu Camu, which has an extraordinarily high Vitamin C content, so I ordered a jar of that, and found a bottle of Flaxseed Oil at my local chemist shop.
I give them a daily smoothie and, in the past, used to include 1/2 a capsule of Transfer Factor Plus in it, so I decided to leave the TFP out and add small doses of each of the above supplements with the egg yolk and lactose-free milk.
As you would have seen in my earlier post, my poor Angus developed Acute Renal Failure (ARF) and died before I could take him to the vet for his new implant or before I could see if the supplements would have helped him However I can say with certainty that Mojo’s appearance and health improved greatly after having the smoothie since May!
The pictures below show how good her coat looks now … it’s soft and thick (and yes, I know we’re in the middle of winter down under ) and since Kimiko, Dash and Spook also shared the smoothie with her every day, their coats are wonderful too
If you have a ferret suffering from adrenal disease, please do not just use the supplements as a cure. Take your ferret to a ferret-savvy vet and be guided by him.
However I would think that you couldn’t go wrong giving your ferret these supplements in a smoothie every day as I do believe they help and, from what I’ve researched, they certainly can’t hurt ferrets.
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