Prostate Problems in Males
When a male ferret has adrenal disease, it can start affecting the prostate gland. This is very painful and can be deadly.
Symptoms: making a noise of discomfort or pain while urinating, dribbling after urinating (having a line of urine as he walks away), straining to urinate, not urinating as often and then urinating a lot when he goes, blood in urine. Any one of these is considered serious.
Treatment needs to be started as quickly as possible. I use Flutamide, which is a treatment for human prostate issues. You can also use Propecia, though I don’t have the usage of it. Saw Palmetto has been shown to be helpful too, but better to use Flutamide or Propecia with it.
Flutamide 125 mg. – Empty the contents of the capsule into a small bowl with a lid. Add 15 mls. of Ferretone (15 full small syringes) to the capsule contents. Mix together really well. Give 1 ml. (one full small syringe) once a day. If symptoms are bad, give twice a day (about 12 hours apart). Once the symptoms are better, reduce to once a day. Mix really well every time before giving. Do not refrigerate. Treat for a minimum of two weeks, or treat for one week after the last of symptoms. Try not to use this for too long at any one time, as it’s hard on the liver.
Saw Palmetto liquid – For prevention or when there are no obvious prostate problems: give 1/8 – 1/4 dropper full with soup once a day for six days, then skip a day. When there are prostate problems: give 1/4 – 1/2 dropper full up to twice a day (about 12 hours apart) for six days, then skip a day. As the ferret gets better, take to once a day, then reduce the amounts.