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From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-09-09 22:00:00 UTC
Subject: Re: t] question about partial hair loss on the back

I am sorry your son's ferret is not well.
I doubt there will be any answers here, and I am afraid
the only way to truely know may be a visit to the vet.
As with any pet, if he is not eating, vomiting, diarrhea, weight
loss, not urinating well, weak or very ill looking a vet visit
can not wait

If he is eating and drinking, then here are some starter questions:
How old is he? Has he ever been ill?
What diet is he on,and how much is he eating. Any trouble
urinating- may not know this unless you see him try to go.
The questions about how much stools and how they look
will help as well.

Any other changes in behaviour.
WHen he is out and exploring, any easy fatigue, or hind leg
weakness- trouble climbing, or walking on floor?

Also, read up on some common ferret medical problems by
searching the archives here on adrenal disease, insulinoma,
lymphoma and skin tumors. or a quicker way is to go to and look under medical FAQ and
links to other sites for more medical information.
Even if it doesn't apply to the ferret today, it certainly doesn't
hurt to be prepared,and be aware of possible problems.

Good luck,


> My son's ferret, Rickie, has lost patches of hair on his back. It
> was read and my son said he was scratching. There was no broken
> skin
> so we used neosporine on it and the redness went away. He did not
> loose energy or eating habits. Just recently he has not eaten very
> well and seems to sleep alot. My son did change the location of his
> cage just before the eating habit change. We cannot afford a vet
> this month but I am a little concerned. I am open for suggestions
> and I certainly will get more information about his habits after
> reading some of the posts. I will ask about bowel movements and
> water drinking. He has no problem eating Ferretone. I certainly
> will do my best to answer any questions anyone may have.
> Pete