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From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-02-28 17:53:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Please Help.

Dear Georgia:

Most emollient hand creams can be used in ferrets to moisturize the
pads - they are safe, even if licked by the ferret, (but should not
replace Linatone.) The mechanism between crusty pads in ferrets and
dry hands in humans is no different - inappropriate dequamation of
worn-out epithelial cells in sheets rather than singly. Many things
can cause this, including age, low humidity, allergy, etc. It is one
of few symptoms that we treat simply for the purpose of treating a
symptom. As a famous human pathologist once said "Dandruff is not a
disease, however unsightly, its common enough to be considered

Regarding nutrition for your older ferret - let's drop the protein -
if kibble is your thing, look into Totally Ferret for Geriatric
Ferrets. (that'll probably get me in trouble with some people, but I
don't claim to be a nutritionist!)

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Georgia Bambaci
<flipped4ferrets@y...> wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I have two questions that require answers. (1) I
> believe I read somewhere that when older ferrets
> develop dry pads on their paws and that there is some
> household product you can use to help keep them
> moisturized. (2) I would like to switch my 4 year old
> to a (senior) ferret food to make sure he's getting
> the proper nutrition. Any suggestions? We are
> currently feeding our four ferrets 8 and 1 Regular
> with Nupro supplement. Thanks in advance.
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