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From: Teena Austin
Date: 2001-04-15 10:41:00 UTC
Subject: Bleach Exposure

We recently acquired two ferrets, both 2 year old females, and had a
mishap the other night that I need help with.

Both were out playing and one had disappeared for about 15-20
minutes. Looked everywhere for her and finally found her in the
bathtub! The door had been shut, but one of the kids must have opened
it. Anyway, she was sitting in about 4 inches of water in the tub
that was mixed with about a cup of bleach. Took her out and rinsed
her thoroughly with warm water. This was 2 days ago. She seems okay,
her skin on stomach and pads of feet looks good, but her fur feels
very dry and seems to be thinning. She is rubbing herself on her cage
carpet, but is eating, pooping normally and is frisky. She does also
seem to be sneezing a little bit; the water in the tub was cold too.

What can we do for her? Is there anything we can put on her to add
oils to her skin and coat to counteract the drying? Is there anything
else we should be concerned about/watch for?

Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.