Message Number: YG2843 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-22 13:31:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ferret with bald spot

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., mike davis <MDAVIS5150@Y...> wrote:
> hi. we have one ferret at home who is almost 2 years
> old and in great health. my boss is giving me her
> ferret who is about 4 years old. he has a bald spot
> on his back right side. she says she thinks it is
> from stress. i don't think she has ever had a vet
> look at him for this problem. i wanted to make sure
> it wasn't something catchy that our other ferret would
> get-after looking around on the internet it looks like
> it might be the adrenal thing. he has thin hair all
> over his body too. that could be the way he always
> has been. what should i do-take him to the vet to be
> checked or could this really be just from stress. i
> don't have him yet but will get him in 2 days. is
> there any other symptoms to look for?? please

Thin hair, with a bald patch - got to start thinking about adrenal
disease in a 4-year-old. While stress can result in hair loss, it is
fairly uncommon, and usually doesn't reult in descrete patches. I
think a search of the FHL archives on adrenal disease, and perhaps a
peek at may be helpful. And, of course,
a good checkup from a ferret-savvy vet is the best way to make this

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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