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From: leese10ferts
Date: 2002-02-05 18:00:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Fungal skin infectins?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Ulrike Stanley" <ferretlove@n...>
> My Willow was spayed 2 weeks ago and shortly after her spay I
noticed a
> "sore" on her back below her left shoulder. I thought it was a
reaction to
> an antibiotic shot. A few days later I noticed yet another one of
the round
> skin things.

Hi there,
I agree with Dr Williams in taking her in for a skin scraping to
see. My experience with ringworm was that they were red and dotty,
not white though. Not necessarily round all the time, but definetely
a rust color. Do the areas have any odor to them? Fungal infections
tend to smell very bad. If it is a fungal infection, you'll surely
want to separate her from your others as it is very contagious. I
had ten ferrets at the time and 9 of them caught it - 3 weren't even
caged with the others and they got it about 2 weeks later. it was
not easy to get rid of, so I hope that it isn't a fungal infection.

There is an article posted in the files section about using a flea
medication called Program to treat ringworm. If you'd like to view
the article, you can see it here:

For me, I'd tried several different treatments and this was by far
the easiest and the most effective with getting rid of it. If you
take her in for a scraping and it is determined to be ringworm (also
called Microsporum Canis), let me know and I'll give you some more
advice on disinfecting and things like that. There's a lot in the
archives about it as well.
Lisa Shortley