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From: Erin Martin
Date: 2001-08-02 12:03:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Taz & Jazz Abnormal Tail

After taking a closer look I did notice black dots on their tails,
I'm not familiar with rat tail or blackhead formation. If you
wouldn't mind explaining those conditions I would really appreciate
it, I will also try to search the internet for them. These are the
first two ferrets I've ever owned, and thus far have had no health
problems with them, so I'm not extremely familiar with ferret health
threats or conditions. Thanks for your advice, I am a bit releived
now : )
Erin Elizabeth Martin

>From: "Bruce Williams, DVM"
>Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Taz & Jazz Abnormal Tail
>Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 02:39:13 -0000
>--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Erin Elizabeth Martin"
> wrote:
> > Both of my ferrets are females, both albinos and both about a
> > and a half old. I've owned them for a year now. About a month
> > noticed the skin on their tails at the very tip (spanning about
> > of an inch) was darker than the rest of there body, like a brown
> > dark brown color (something I don't ever remember seeing
before). I
> > thought maybe their tails were dirty but when I gave them a bath
> > didn't help. The hair on the tip of the tail also seems to be
> > thinning but other than that there have been no other changes.
> > both are still pretty active and there personalities haven't
> > a bit. They show no signs of being sick, other than the outward
> > appearance of their tails. The only thing I've done differently
> > the past couple of months, is I've started taking them outside
> > leashes, just once in a while, not very often. I live in
> > husband is stationed here, and we got the ferrets here in
> > I'm hoping to gain some insight as to what is wrong with their
> > if anything at all.
>Dear Erin Elizabeth:
>I am also not sure if there is anything wrong with them. It may
>simply be part of their shed, a bit of stress resulting in rat tail

>and blackhead formation, or nothing at all. This is a case I would
>recommend no treatment at this time, but just good observation. I
>don't think that a bit of fresh air would be causing this
>(but perhaps not pathologic change.)
>Take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air yourself...
>With kindest regards,
>Bruce Williams, DVM
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