Message Number: YG6027 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-08-01 11:50:00 UTC
Subject: Re: new owner itchy question

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Kiersten" <kierstenk@h...> wrote:
> Ive had a rescue female ferret for 2 months and within her first
day or two
> here i found she was itching a lot. I gave her a bath and used
spray on
> conditioner which seemed to help a bit but through time she still
> quite a lot. It's not from overbathing as that was the only time I
> her. She has no hair loss and is not sluggish or anything else so
I figured
> I'd wait until she has to go get her shots next month and ask the
vet. Well
> she was lonely so I got another rescue the same age (3 yrs) and
this time
> after 4 days he's started itching much more than he was! This
seems crazy!
> Is there some commen allergen to ferrets that I have in my house?
if it's'
> allergies how could they both have it? usually you don't think
more than 1
> could have it to some specific thing... Are there any common
cleaners I
> should avoid or something? maybe air fresheners I use? I'm trying
to think
> of anything! I feel bad that they are so itchy all the time... is
there a
> virus that could cause it? Any other ideas? If it's an allergen
the vet
> isn't going to find anything anyways so your ideas would be
> appreciated...Sometimes it seems the spray on conditioner helps but
> HATE it!
> Thank you for your time!
> --Kiersten
> ps i know I'm reading a vet list so the numbers are skewed but on
> how many ferrets get adrenal disease? it seems like soooo many!
It's not
> as high as 1 in 5 or something is it? I hope i didnt fall in love
with an
> animal so susceptible to problems as that... :(

My fuzzies itch alot also, ferrets do itch alot anyway. I home you
used ferret shampoo and spray conditioner. Don't feed them cat food,
feed them a high protien kitten food, 32% or more. I feed mine
Special Kitty kitten, Wal-mart brand34.0%; Purina Kitten 40.0%, and I
mix in some Deli Cat for a flavor/treat. I mix them all together.
Them seem to like the combination. Don't worry about health problems
until they arise. They get colds, the flu, and worse stuff. Don't
forget to give them hairball remedy for hairballs, they don't get rid
of them like cats do. Have fun with the babies. Hold them alot and
give them lots and lots of love. Keep in touch with me if you want.
ferret hugs, Carol (aka the4fuzzies)