Post by marissasorrell2 on Dec 11, 2021 16:22:28 GMT -5
Hi guys, my boy got the implant back in october and i have seen great results in his hair loss, on the tail specifically and his activity from day to day. Lately though he’s just been very sluggish and tired, and his hair on his body is still very thin. So i guess i’m just wondering if anybody has had a similar experience? Is he going to become active again? Is his hair going to grow back fully to his bushy, fluffy self?
Not sure where you are located but it depends on if it's summer of winter there. I know my ferret has been less active and eating more because it's winter here. He is big and fluffy right now.
Usually after the implant being implanted, there will be a surge in hormones and then it will level off. So that could explain why you noticed an improvement at first. Then there will be a levelling off. But if you are seeing him declining there might be something else going on. How old is your ferret?
Post by marissasorrell2 on Dec 11, 2021 23:00:19 GMT -5
It is also winter here, but he is 4. he was diagnosed probably 4 months ago, got the implant in october. i guess i just expected his hair to grow in faster than it has? his tail was almost completely bald, and he had one spot behind his shoulder, that was all. the shoulder has filled in and his tail looks good, but he’s not as fluffy as he was before the diagnosis. it’s just been the last couple of days where i’ve noticed him being lazy and i have to drag him out of his hammock to go play.
Adrenal usually is when a ferret's adrenal glands are making way more hormones than they're used to, usually because of spaying/neutering. You can help in 2 ways: Giving the hormones through food, or telling the brain to stop telling the adrenal to make hormones.
The implant tells the brain that there's enough hormones, even when there's not, so the adrenal glands stop working as hard. Feeding is the other way to help, since it gives those hormones. Usually you feed the part of the animal that needs help. For example, if the liver is stressed, you feed liver because it gives the ferret the exact building blocks to make more liver parts that it might need. This is not very exact, but it's a good explanation about how this all works. You could help by feeding your ferret powdered or freeze dried concentrated reproductive organs or the adrenal glands of its prey, since that's what it's probably missing.