Message Number: YG601 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-03 03:25:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Cleo's paws

In a message dated 3/2/01 11:58:17 PM,

<< Yes, unfortunately, I do see similarities in Cleo's paws, especially
the right paw in the picture. Cleo's paws aren't as swollen as the
one on the left. The marked hair loss on the foot area is like
Cleo's, but I think her front claws are even worse than what is shown
in the picture. >>

Have you checked the paw for sarcoptic mange? One of the focal points of
mange in ferrets is the feet. It can cause the paws to become inflamed,
swollen, and crusted. In some cases the nails can become deformed and even
fall off (according to "Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents, Clinical Medicine and
Surgery"; HIllyer & Quesenberry). It is sometimes referred to "foot rot" and
can cause the foot to be lost if not treated. Hillyer goes on to recommend
ivermetin, subcutaneously, for treatment.

Dick B.