From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-04-10 19:26:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Orange chest
He came to us with that sort of pumpkin color to his
coat - not all over - primarily on his chest. A week
after the introduction he's lost weight and fur and
his chest is *orange*. I assume it's all from stress.
We can get him ferretvite in him for the weight, and
he does have an appointment with the vet, but what
causes the orange? He's calmed down a lot. He's
eating, drinking, and pooping normally. I don't
figure the orange also may be from a change in food as
he came to us with it.
And while I'm here - you probably tell people all the
time and I just haven't been paying enough attention -
but how do I access the archives and pictures
The orange color is thought to be due to oil production. I am not sure
myself. About 3 or 4 of the 10 have an orange streak down their back, or
orange in their coat, and all are on the same diet- seems to come and go
with their coat changes. I remember seeing all those ferrets from the NJ
X-mas rescue that were whole ferrets, all orange, you couldn't tell
sables from DEW from champagnes, at least I couldn't. Their fur also was
very oily, and they were in heat for some time.
I have heard others say it is the chicken fat in the kibble, I am not
sure this is accurate, because then I would be real orange with all the
fat I eat!
(that was a joke)
As for the pics- (taken from Christopher's post):
If the post makes reference to an attachment "here are the pictures
of Spanky's pemphigus" and you want to see that. You need to go to
click on messages, then find that post by title and date or you can
do a search of posts for Spanky or pemphigus and the picture will
show up right in the post. This eliminates any risk to your computer
from downloading files.
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