One of my three ferrets as adrenal disease and I do not have $2,500 at this point in time to get the surgery he needs.

Ferret ow, Boston, M

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my post. I'm a full-time college student working and trying to make ends meet. I am a faithful "fuzzy", ferret, owner who has come into a bit of a problem though. One of my ferrets has adrenal disease. Now, adrenal disease in ferrets is their adrenal gland becoming hyperactive and producing more hormones than needed. This over production of hormones causes the ferret to lose their fur, become hostile, aggressive, constantly itchy, and switches its’ mind to think that its mating season 24/7 until the glands are removed. Adrenal disease has a tendency to swell up the vulva (in females) and the prostates (in males) resulting in difficulty with urinating and can cause the bladder to explode if urine is not periodically released, and of course that would be fatal. I adopted my ferret Kumo in May 2011, from a ferret shelter and they did not seem to know for sure if he had adrenal disease or not. They just knew that he didn’t have much hair when he arrived at the shelter and so they assumed it was adrenal disease (because usually when a ferret loses a lot of hair that’s a big red flag and indicator for the disease). In the paperwork I have for him, it just says “adrenal disease? “ under the section for medical problems. I was informed that Kumo had taken an implant to make his hair grow back. What they failed to tell me was information on adrenal disease, the name of the implant, and that it needed to be re applied every three months. Around August 2011 I noticed Kumo becoming sexually aggressive and hostile towards my other two ferrets, and marking wherever he went. I researched some information and found his symptoms to be that of a ferret who does have the disease. I also found that there are implants available for ferrets with the disease so I went to my vet and asked to have them injected into Kumo. A few weeks later he started losing more and more fur. In the end, I found out that the implants only mask the symptoms but the disease is still there. The only way to get rid of it is to have the adrenal glands removed. They have two glands and both should be removed during surgery. Unfortunately I do not have the $2,500 dollars for the surgery and Kumo needs it asap or he will die before his time. My two jobs do not pay well so it would take me about 5-6 months to save up the money. He’s going on 4yrs old and with this disease running rampid inside him I don’t think he can hold on much longer. If you can, please help my little white cloud Kumo. Thank you very much.