Message Number: YG3616 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-15 20:00:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Blue skin

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Suebelle52358@c... wrote:
> Hi. My sable had his left adrenal gland removed (along with a
large tumor)
> on April 17. He initially had hair loss on his tail and shoulder
> After the surgery he started losing all the hair on his back, front
legs, and
> around his mask. My vet said it would get worse before it got
better, and it
> was not uncommon for them to lose most of the "old" hair while the
new is
> growing back.


He said it could take 6 to 8 weeks before he could begin to
> look normal.

or longer!

His hair is growing back like peach fuzz, and his legs and
> around his mask have taken on the blue cast, which my vet said was
> with sables.

correct. give it a few days and the blue cast will turn to dark
stubble (remember the sable hairs are dark on the end, which is of
course growing up first)

All his other bodily functions are normal, and besides the blue
> look, he seems like his old self. Could this post surgery hair
loss and slow
> regrowth be due to the hair growth cycle that ferrets have?

correct again! you're right on track and it sounds like a normal
recovery hair-wise. i've seen critters start growing hair EVERYWHERE
within a week, while others have taken months to start on their new
coat. now that spring is here and critters are changing coats, jack
(surgery in december) and handsome (surgery in mid february) are just
now getting down to working on their coats. ??? strange, but

> Susan Redmond