Message Number: YG170 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-02-24 14:52:00 UTC
Subject: Nail Fungus?

I am attaching a photo of a little one that has ongoing problems with
her nails and paws. Although whatever this is can be somewhat
controlled, when she has an outbreak like she's having now, it leaves
permanent damage to her nails and it never totally goes away.

Not a lot is known about her background as she was passed around several
times before she came to me. Her condition at that time was skin &
bones, patchy fur, and nails that were thickened, deformed and crumbled
when trimmed. (Trimming her nails is a nightmare as she understandably
doesn't like her feet touched, and there is no way to know where the
vein is.) She also refused to eat anything but duck soup which is still
the only thing she will eat.

I thought at first that her nail condition was because she was kept in a
cage with shavings that were wet. I began putting Neosporin on her paws
which controlled it for a while. My vet prescribed Conofite lotion
which also only helps control it. A Bactin/warm water solution only
helps control it.

As you can see in the photo, when she is having an outbreak, her belly
also looks slightly red where she curls her paws up. Whatever this is
must not be contagious, because she sleeps with two other little girls
who have no problems.

We will be going back to the vet this week and would really appreciate
any knowledge or experience anyone on this list could share as my vet
has never treated this condition in a ferret before.



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