I'm located in northern NJ (close to NYC), and currently use Dr. Mark Lerman at All creatures Great and Small animal hospital (Pomona NY). He's a fantastic vet, who has ferrets himself and treats ferrets and other small pets. However, his practice tends to deal mostly with cats and dogs. Today at our annual checkup, we discussed treatment for adrenal disease should Weasel develop it (fingers crossed), and i was pleased that he was well versed in the illness and its treatments. However, he is not able to get des, and said that should the illness arise, he would refer me to an exotic vet, Dr. Laurie Hess, who orders it in bulk and treats "exotics" exclusively. I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of her or used her in the past, and what your experiences were like?
I know of her in connection with reptiles, I know someone who brought a snake to her. I don't know how she treats ferrets. I DO, however, know of a vet in Newburgh ny that does des. I just got all five of my ferrets implanted there. If that is not too far from you I'll give you the info.
Thanks otterwoman! Newburgh is not too far from me, only about 45 minutes, so that could totally work. Did you like this particular vet? Was he or she okay with raw? Like i said, i love my current vet and he does a fantastic job, but he was honest in telling me that he cannot get the des implant should my guy need one Thank you so much for your help!
The vet in newburgh is the only one around that can get the des. He is the one you get refered to by other vets in the area if you have a major exotic animal problem. He puts the Ferrets under to give them the des and usually requires a lupron shot first before doing the des implant. I find him a little arrogant to be quite honest. My animals have not gone to him but I know many people who have used him and have talked to them about their experiences with him.
Opal, are you sure he's the only one? My vet works closely with Dr. Hess for exotic consults and referrals(she's in Bedford, NY) and he specifically said that she orders the Des in bulk. I guess i'll have to give her a buzz to see what the story is
I found him arrogant my first visit but on subsequent visits he was MUCH nicer. He wasn't thrilled about the raw, but admitted it would be good "if done right." After the process of getting my ferrets implanted was over (4 visits all together because I didn't get them all done at once) I decided I liked him and that he is extremely knowledgable. If expensive. But I know that Dr. Hess is also very expensive.
Anyway I will continue taking my ferrets there, and only there now. My oldest ferret Blanket started showing signs of insulinoma after getting the des implant (which happens sometimes) and he was right on top of it and also knew about the recently posted thing about the blood glucose testers and ferrets. I was very happy with the way he treated Blanket. Also I overheard him talking about the raw diet with one of his techs explaining to her that they really don't need carbs.