Deslorelin Forum Apr 27, 2012 12:27:28 GMT -5
Post by nanjferret on Apr 27, 2012 12:27:28 GMT -5
Sorry I guess I did not get the jist of the original question! I think anytime you can delay surgical castration gives the ferret that much more time without possible negative imbalances. They do not need to have a heat cycle like dogs do, that is a misconception that many non ferret savy vets will tell you. Giving the Des for a few years then castrating is better than just castrating and the Des can also still be used as a preventative afterwards. I just wish the implant would become more readily available here in the US and reasonably priced to have put in. So many of the vets charge enormous fees. I've found so far the best time to start the implant is when the ferret is close to a year old before they come into heat. So, basically early in the year around January the year after they were born. When a hob is allowed to come into season they learn hob behavior. If they never come into a full season they stay more benign in their attitude towards other ferrets, More like a fixed pet. This is a plus when you have multiple ferrets where you want them all to get along and live together. The hobs I've implanted later have a hard time adjusting to not wanting to challenge other males for territory. It doesn't seem to matter with the jills as far as attitudes but there is no benefit to letting a jill have a first heat and some potential negatives such as possibly Pyo. Yes I was interested in the Lupron side effects too and was surprised at this info. This information about it came from Veterinarians used to dealing with large shelters and many ferrets using Lupron for Adrenal. They said a long time Lupron user when in surgery can have tissue that just melts like mush and will not hold a stitch. Not good. And yes the once a year Lupron shot to enhance a show ferret is used by at least several well known breeders, show'rs. I know Linda of Mi Corazon Ferretry does not do this as she is a good friend of mine and is very ethical. Any time you have people that show animals there are always things done behind the lines most do not know about.