Date: 2009-04-24 13:08:42 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: What should I do?
While I commend you for taking in Lightning - there really is no substitute for veterinary care. Ferrets of all animal companions are prone to a host of illnesses, particularly as they age and do require veterinary care on an ongoing basis.
Having said that, it is the time of year when ferrets are going through their seasonal shed and that may be what you are seeing. It may also be adrenal disease. If the hair is coming off all over it may be a seasonal shed. Make sure to wash his bedding more often to get rid of it and either gently pull the loose hairs off him or comb them out so that he doesn't ingest them and develop a hairball obstruction. He should be getting something like FerretLax daily until the shedding stops.
If his hair is falling out only in specific areas i.e., base of tail, shoulders - then it is likely associated with adrenal disease and he will require treatment for that.
If you do a search through the archives you will find suggestions for financial assistance, otherwise I would suggest you consider surrendering him to a shelter so that he receives the veterinary care he should have.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "smirnoffgirl76" <smirnoffgirl76@...> wrote:
> I have an albino ferret named Lightning. I got him from a friend who got him from another friend. I am not quite sure how old he is.I was told he is 3. He was left outside for about 1 month or more at the end of last summer. Recently he has been losing hair all over his body. He still eats and is very active. I was wondering if anyone knew what this might be and have any idea how to take care of it without a vet. If I have to I will take him to a vet. Money is tight and if there is a home remedy out there I would like to hear it. Thank you very much.
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