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From: Christal Pollock
Date: 2001-08-18 09:48:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Hair loss on tails?

Although this isn't the usual time of the year for it, seasonal hair loss in the ferret can cause hair loss that usually just occurs in the tail base.

Your ferret should probably still be screened for adrenal disease since many people believe that "seasonal hair loss" may be an early or pre-adrenal dx change.

Different skin problems like ringworm can also cause hair loss, but they are pretty rare.

I hope this is helpful,
Christal Pollock, DVM

>>> thayneg@u... 08/17/01 10:18PM >>>

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Angela" <xoxoxomom@a...> wrote:
> Hi,
> I know hair loss on a ferrets tail could be a sign of Adrenal
> disease, but are there any other reasons why ferts lose tail hair?
> I've got a problem! My 3 newest kids are all having thinning
> hair on their tails all the sudden. I adopted all 3 of them from
> KiSta shelter when it closed, so they've been here with us for,
> getting close to two months I guess. One ferret, a male, Calvin,
> a tiny bit of hair thinning at the end of his tail when he arrived
> here. Now the 2 females tails are doing the same thing.
> Keep in mind that I recently posted about my buddy Glacier and
> his symptoms, one of those being tail hair loss. I have 1 guy,
> whom has been with us the longest who has not shown any signs of
> thinning tail hair yet.
> They all are caged together, and one other thing is that they
> seem to be REALLY itchy lately, with no signs of fleas or anything
> else. I was kinda wondering about some kind of mite or skin thing
> that is catchy?? They can be sleeping soundly and just jump down
> of their hammocks and scratch wildly.
> Hope someone can give me some kind of idea what to look for or
> do about this. Thank you!
> Angela
> and the 5 north GA fuzzbutts,Rocky,Glacier,Diva,Foxy,and Calvin

Hi there,
My 5 year old male is finally getting over his bald tail. I wiped
his tail with hygrogen peroxide on a cotton ball twice a day and got
yellow stuff like black head type stuff off. His tail sure is
looking good. They scratch a lot anyway, but use flea stuff on them
anyway. I read where bald tail is from stress. Good luck.

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