Message Number: YG3036 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-29 14:21:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Red swollen penis, mosquitos & ticks

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., skeedybeet@s... wrote:
> I have a 3yr old neutered ferret Lenny, This week his penis looked
> red and a litte swollen. All behavior is normal and tody 4/29 it
> looks fine. I'm not sure if it has to do with spring fever, he has
> become very active, or if he has come in contact with something
> outside. I know the details are vague, but just curious.
> As far as mosquitos & ticks, both our ferrets love walks outside. I
> have seen deer in our neighbors backyard and was told that there
> wild turkeys as well. We have a tall fence so they cannot come on
> property. Is there something safe that I could use on the ferrets
> prevent ticks or mosquitos from getting hold of them. I fear lyme
> west nile diseases for ourselves and more importantly our ferrets,
> but I cannot deny them their walks which they love so much.

In addition to Dr. Murray's comments, you may want to try a dilute
solution of Avon's Skin-so-soft as a non-toxic way to diminish
mosquito bites (both on you and your ferrets). This product has been
used by animal owners for many years, while Avon was still marketing
it as a humidifier for human skin. I heard that recently, they
finally acknowledged it's unique ability to keep mosquitoes at bay.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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