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Date: 2004-01-16 02:36:47 UTC
Subject: Worried about biting.....
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I have a 1 year old male ferret who is losing his fur around his tail and hind parts. He has "brown scaly" skin that washes off in the bath but reappears shortly after. He doesn't seem sick. I have taken him to a vet who gave me a conditioned shampoo & thought it was a bacterial infection. The medication didn't work. It is still there. I am really concerned about the hair loss. I think he is too young to have adrenal but I don't know what else it could be. I have just recently moved to West Palm Beach FL and have not found a "ferret knowledgable" vet yet. If anyone knows of someone, or has any suggestions as to how to help my fuzzy, please let me know.

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Here is what is going on with Gomez. I hope someone here can help me figure
out how to handle this or help him as I know I am his last chance for a
forever home. I really dont want to have to give him up.

History unknown prior to me adopting him on Dec 4th with his cagemate Fester.
The first time i held him he did bite but did not break skin so I thought I
would be able to handle it. He is also deaf. He seemed to be getting better
and let me hold him and did not bite like he did when i first got him. I can
feed him from my hands no problem as long as it is treats more so raisins.
Since going to the vets 2 weeks ago he has gottne into agressive biting again.
He bites and will not let go until i pry his jaws open. He will follow me
around the room until he can get a clear shot of skin and then latch on and
thrash his head side to side. Once I get him unclamped from my body I scruff him
and he shakes like he is scared to death. He does not do this when I scruff to
do ears.

I really need some help on getting him better. I really feel bad for him.
And now on top of him I have to nip train a kit so my poor arms are looking
really bad....LOL I also wont let him out of the cage if i am not in the room
since my kids play with the other ferrets. Any help would be appreacated.

I have used leather gloves with him the last few days since i really value my
hands and i need to keep touching him to let him know that i am a safe mommy
and wont hurt him. I also have near me cotton swabs with bitter apple on them
to touch any of their tongues if they bite(only have the 2 biters the other 4
dont bite anymore other then the occational nip during play).


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