Message Number: YG4746 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-06-21 12:13:00 UTC
Subject: Albino/itchy skin

Hello everyone,

I have a question about my albino. She's apx 4 yrs old. I adopted
her about
a year ago so I'm not sure of her exact age. She's had both left
and right
adrenal glands removed. In the year that I've had her I've probably
given her 2-3 baths.

She has very itchy skin and scratches/licks/etc a lot. More so than
my other
ferrets. I initially attributed this to her "normal" behavior. Now
wondering... I just finished reading an article about albinos which
their yellow tint is a result of the oils their glands produce. I
thought the yellowing was a vitamin deficiency. (In fact, she once
had a
blockage and I did notice her fur turning yellow around her face..
thing.. she looked terrible.) She is pure white... no yellow except
on her
tail. Could she not be producing enough oils? If not, what can I
do? She
has been this way since I got her.

I recently purchased a bottle of "Z-Megamore Plus". The bottle
states there
are no artificial ingredients or additives. The analysis is as
Zinc (ZN) total 3000 mg
As Zinc Methionine Chelate 1000 mg
Vitamin E 2500 mg
Vitamin B5 500 mg
Biotin 12.5 mg
Blended w/sunflower, canola and fish oil. Has anyone heard of this
stuff and
will it help/hurt the weasels? The dosage says 10ml/day per ferret
but that
sounds like a bit much. I've just been pouring 1/2 teas. in a bowl
of water
and letting them drink it whenever they want. In fact, I don't
think they
get anywhere near the dosage on the bottle.

Anyway, if anyone has suggestions for my albino, I'd be grateful.
going to the vet tomorrow so I'll ask him as well.