Message Number: YG6612 | New FHL Archives Search
From: shelly palmer
Date: 2001-08-24 19:21:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Hair Loss and black speckles on

California Stretch Rat??!!

I do hope you're talking ferrets, here :)

It sounds like Rat Tail. And, would you believe, I
sent an email similar to yours, just a month ago! I
have 3 ferrets. They all seem to get it every summer.

I got all kinds of advise on what kind of shampoo to
try for getting it off (the little black heads). Wish
I could remember it all. My vet gave me a medicated
shampoo to try. Washing the tail is no easy task!
Someone recommended a soft toothbrush to help loosen
the little blackheads. I've not yet tried it, but am
ready to.

I have the book by Mary R. Shefferman and it talks a
little about Rat Tail. If it's Rat Tail, no need to
isolate your little guy. Just give him a wash with
medicated shampoo (can someone on the list recommend a
brand? I cannot remember mine. Sebahex or something)

Good luck!

Shelly with Nieko, Yuki and Klondike

--- aikizenmonkey@y... wrote:
> My wife and I are starting to become quite concerned
> and a bit
> confused about the condition of one of our pair of
> California Stretch
> Rats.
> Sherlock's tail fur has thinned out a LOT on his
> tail, mostly towards
> the tip and getting thicker towards the tailbase. He
> also has black
> speckles all over the skin of his tail. The speckles
> don't rub off
> and the hair is thin enough to easily see his skin
> at tail tip. It
> seems to be getting more sparse as times goes on,
> but is not quickly
> progressing.
> He seems healthy otherwise and is eating. I am
> getting to the point
> where I'm readying to isolate him for a few nights
> to track his fecal
> deposits and eating rate to see if anything seems
> abnormal there.
> He is still the healthy seeming raisin slut he has
> normally been.
> Still pretty active, but seems to tire out a bit
> faster now.
> I hope I am just paranoid, but is there something I
> should be keeping
> an eye out for?
> I hope to hear from you all,
> Thank you!

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