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From: Cecilia McNamara
Date: 2001-09-23 13:28:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Tails looking dirty, losing hair

Dear Russell:

Thanks that's exactly what I am using. However, I need to know; how does this "rattail" start? Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks again,

Cecilia McNamara

Russell Prater wrote:

> 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.
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