Post by ferretlove on Sept 17, 2017 21:54:59 GMT -5
I'm having a hard time finding a straight answer on this. I want to implant my 7 1/2 month old boy as a preventative.
When is the best time to do this? I've read several different things ranging from as soon as possible after 6 months of age being best, and some that were saying it's best to wait and implant in December/January?
Is it the age or the time of year that matters most when doing this?
My vet says he doesn't think it matters much but he said he hasn't really done preventative des implants before so I wanted to get some opinions from those who have.
What have you all found to be the most effective? Thanks!!
Ideal time is 5m old, before the hormones start really triggering. But now would be good as he is already 7m.
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
The reason why you're getting a bit of conflicting information is that people don't really know. It's that simple. Studies of this type take time they're also hugely expensive. Studies are expensive enough but long term studies such as this are hugely expensive. The company over here would much rather allow small universities to do individual "student" driven studies rather than complete a company driven study by an outside source as we're going to buy and use the product anyway. It means we have tons of red tape to get the product but we're willing to jump through government red tape to use it as an experimental drug. There was a small study done but to my actual knowledge it's not complete as the information is still coming in. It may be done and it's sitting somewhere in the language barrier or the population of the study was so small to not allow for conclusive evidence. I know in the EU they've been using this product for years and access to it is much easier. I read a study (translated, from German I believe) that suggested one should implant in the fall of the life of the ferret. It makes sense as that would be the "natural" time line. So, as most ferrets are "naturally" born in the spring (farm ferrets are artificially created by adjusting the photoperiods) you would implant in the fall to winter, when hormones are naturally shutting down. If you shut things down in January, this would be about the time frame that your ferret is starting to become hormonal again. If you watch, even altered ferrets "season" you just have to know what you're looking for. As Sherry mentioned the understanding is to implant around 7 months to a year after the birth of the ferret. Some say at any time is good as the time line for adrenal is 2 to 5 yrs after surgery and you may be able to prevent adrenal from happening. My thought is the window might actually be larger, maybe the following fall (so around 18 months is the cut off) but it's only a theory and it's not backed up by anything other than a thought, LOL. The so-called accepted time line is within the first year of the ferret's life. As you can see, a lot of questions rather than answers. ciao
I have been implanting yearly all my ferrets for the past 6 or 7 years.
I must say I have not seen any adrenal symptoms from any of my ferrets that I have implanted within the first 2 years.
Mind you They have all perished to non adrenal incidents. here are the current status of my implanted ferrets.
Bandit and Hammie Implanted at 2 years of age. Bandit passed at 3 years old from lymphoma, Hammie at 4 years old from Dehydration from an unknown illness.
Cassia and Koufos Implanted at 8 months started in February implanted every year. Koufos Lived 4 years he was a waardy and passed from an infection after a root canal. Cassia live 7 Years and passed when a mass she had lived with for 1 year pressed against a vital organ after a fall.
None of the above deceased ferrets showed any symptoms of Adrenal.