Message Number: YG5207 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-07-05 15:16:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Hair loss, top of head

In a message dated 7/4/01 10:55:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
croebuck@w... writes:

> I just noticed last night that one of my males has a bald head, about
> the size of a quarter. It looks like a razor went over it. He seems
> fine---no health problems. Is this a sign of adrenal? There is no other
> hair loss.
> Cathy

Hi Cathy

I'm not a vet, and I don't play one on TV...

I have seen the pattern that you are speaking of, and in my experience, is
symptomatic of adrenals in male ferrets. The bald spot is typically between
the ears, just a little bit towards the back of the skull. If you look
carefully, you may see thinning in the chest area, just in front/between the
front legs.

I would have him checked out thoroughly by a vet, just to eliminate disease,
cagemates....but I would also start 'pee watch'. Make sure that he can freely
urinate..Lupron is a good start. The docs here will almost certainly have
great advice - I can only give ya that based on what I have seen. Good luck!

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"