Post by elliottsmama on Jan 18, 2021 11:18:46 GMT -5
I'm 99% sure my 4yr old furball is showing signs of adrenal disease. Last time I had a ferret, surgery was the only option, but I learned about the implant from this site.
I've called around and there are a few places that do it, but no one will tell me a price.
Can you give me a general idea of how much it costs to do the implant? Obviously there will be regional differences, but are we talking $150-200 or $500+ (before office visit)?
Also, I just learned that it can be done before symptoms, so I may do that for my other one. But will it still help my boy if he's already started to lose a little hair and some weight? No baldness, happy as can be, and just the best little guy.
Yes, the implant can slow down adrenal disease. I have been using it as a preventative knowing that it won't stop it but slow it down if he does develop it. My sister uses the DES implant as a chemical spay for her female ferret.
I have been implanting my ferret just after he turned 1 year. He is now 3. I live in Ontario, Canada and the DES implant costs around $300 depending on if the vet gets the smaller or bigger package of implants. The vet can get a package of 2 or a package of 5. The package of 5 is a bit cheaper per implant. I have to drive 2 hours to my sister's vet get mine done though. Unfortunately my vet doesn't see enough ferrets to do the paperwork and order the implant for me. That is roughly the price of the implant for me before vet visit etc. The price also includes all the paperwork such as the emergency drug release, shipping fee and brokerage import fee.
Post by Corvidophile on Jan 18, 2021 16:32:44 GMT -5
I paid about $220 for mine in USA and it was all inclusive, no examination fee, but that might be unusual because they didn’t have to examine him as he’s there every month for insulinoma bloodwork and they could clearly see him progressively balding.
We last bought an implant about a year ago here in NE Tennessee and it was $214. My vet didn't charge for the visit to implant it. From my experience, vets get a 100% markup in these implants. (I used to have access to the pricing page on the Virbac site) They come in 2 packs, and the vet may want you to buy both implants if they don't see a lot of ferrets. The same implants are sometimes used in parrots and horses, so you may catch a break there.
Post by elliottsmama on Jan 18, 2021 17:27:41 GMT -5
Thank you! I found a vet recommended on here, and it was $191, plus exam which makes sense since I've never been there. He'll get it in 2 weeks. They just ordered it and if it comes in sooner, they'll get him in.
Post by Sherry Stone on Jan 18, 2021 19:04:56 GMT -5
For active adrenal, look at reimplanting every 6m. That is to help keep any breakthrough symptoms from occuring. By the time they show up, the disease has been active again for a while. By doing it that often, they can live pretty much a normal life span barring any other illness from cropping up.
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