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From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-05-19 21:56:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] My ferrret is missing a

> Rae wrote:
> Okey I probably sound like just the awfullest ferret mommy, but Ive
> had Fiona for a bout a month and a week and I just now clipped her
> back toenails today ( I clipped her front ones a few weeks ago) and
> When I was clipping them I saw she's missing her "middle finger"
> toenail altogether. The area isnt swollen or red or in anyway damaged
> as far as I can tell but she just doesnt have a toenail!!! is it
> possible that she might have never had one? Or do you think it could
> have gotten ripped out when she was playing ( we do have shag carpet)
> Will this hinder her in any way, or is there something I should do?
> They go to the vet on the 29th to get their rabies shots, should I
> wait for my vet to double check or should I go earlier, I feel so bad
> that Ididnt notice this before... especially it was ripped out.. Plus
> when I was washing her, I noticed that in a lot of places along her
> back the hair was ALOT thinner than others... I cant tell that she is
> missing hair when her hair is dry or anything, it was just while Iwas
> washing her, is it possible that thats just shedding?? And one more
> question ( I know Im full of them but im so concerned) Where her
> collar is, and the bell is, there is a red mark and it looks like a
> kind of rash... or maybe just sore from where the collar is rubbing it
> in the one spot.. I dont know so please help!!!!
> Worried mommy Rae and her 2 fuzzbutts

Let me begin by saying I'm not a vet. Okay, don't be worried. If you
haven't seen any blood, it's something that happened before you got her.
She could have caught it on some bedding and ripped it out when she was
younger. Another funny possibility is that sometime their mama will lick
them too hard and actually lick parts off. Anyway, it's all healed now
and it wont do her a bit of harm. Just one less nail to trim. Oh, BTW,
before you try to trim nails again, get a vial of styptic powder. You
can probably get it from your vet when you see him and he can show you
how to use it. It's purpose is to stop bleeding almost immediately if
you clip a nail up into the quick.

Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde