Message Number: YG3583 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-05-15 08:17:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] possible adrenal disease

doiiy52076@a... wrote:
> Hi - I just joined this group. I have two ferrets, Percival and
> Beauregard. I noticed hair loss on Percival's tail yesterday and
> immediately thought of adrenal disease. He is also very itchy. I
> own the Ferret, Rabbit medical text and after reading that yesterday
> off we went to the vet this afternoon. Percival donated some of his
> blood which was sent off to the lab. Results in about 3 days.

There is another condition which causes hair loss called "rat tail".
Characteristics are hair loss on the tail only with many blackheads. In
my experience the best treatment is Johnson & Johnson Clean & Clear
liquid facial soap with Triclosan as the active ingredient. Wash the
tail daily with warm water and Clean & Clear. Scrub with a soft
toothbrush and scratch out any remaining blackheads with a fingernail or
toothpick. Continue for about two weeks until the blackheads are gone
then reduce to twice a week and finnally once a week. The hair may grow
back in a month or it may not grow back until the next shed. I am NOT a
vet, but this worked for me and several folks on APF.

Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde