Message Number: YG2739 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Tamara Simpson
Date: 2001-04-19 10:53:00 UTC
Subject: Itchy,Scrathy...Dry skin?

Hi there, I am hoping someone can tell me if Pearls (1yr old)
intense scratching should be a concern? She will be sleeping
in her bed and all of a sudden she will come out and down her
tunnel like a bat out of hell, then scratch like crazy. We
have had a very long winter here in Ontario, Canada.Could this
be just a bad case of dry skin? or should I be aware of any
conditions? I have only seen very small signs of flakes which
might not have even been flakes of skin(could have been
corncob dust).I cut her baths down to 1 or 2 times a month and
have been using Tea Tree Oil shampoo (8in1) for dry skin as
well as Apple White cream rinse (ppp)this seems to only help a
little.I got her at 12 weeks and she will be 1 in May.As far
as I know she is a Hagen girl. I have noticed this itchy
sratchy problem in the fall after the heat was turned on. She
loves her linatone, and gets here vitamins, any ideas?We had a
problem with food, she refused all of the ferret food I could
find, She loved her housemates food though(Royal Canin Cat
senior and light mix), the light has a 38 percent chicken
protien level and then senior has extra vitamins like C & E. I
finally got her to eat ferret food by weaning it into her cat
food kibbles.(is cat food really bad for them if it has better
ingredients then the ferret (8in1 and Marshalls) she seems to
like variety.I just feel for her when she scratches so
intensly. I know I could use a anti-itch myself!!!! Also what
is the scoop on corn cob, I use it in the bottom of her cage
to help will litter box misses(it happens) and leaky bottles,
can it harm my precious little girl? I have never seen it
eaten or"ejected"Thanks Tamara and Pearl