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From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-09-22 09:56:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Tails looking dirty, losing hair

Cecilia McNamara wrote:
> Over the last month or so I have noticed first one than another than
> another of our ferrets tails losing hair and looking dirty. Close
> inspection shows what appears to be blackheads under the skin. I have
> tried using "facewash" of my daughter's to clean them and it is somewhat
> effective but not complete. Today I brought one ferret to the vet. She
> had no idea, but took a digital picture to send over the internet to
> another vet whom she felt was more knowledgeable on the subject. Does
> anyone have suggestions or ideas for me?

I am not a vet. What you describe sounds like what we call "Rattail".
The best thing I've found for it is scrubbing with Johnson & johnson's
Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Wash and a soft brush. You'll need to do it
everyday for a couple of weeks and the hair may grow back soon or may
not grow back until the next shed.

Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde

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