From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2009-08-11 21:36:52 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Black spots on tail
This can be either tail acne or adrenal disease.
Given that she may also be pumping out extra skin oil (one cause of the orange staining) watch more carefully for possible adrenal disease. (If you feed grocery store or Walmart quality foods the orange could alternatively be from food dyes.)
There are multiple ways that tail acne is dealt with. Some respond to special cleaning agents while others just have dry skin and a safe moisturizer like olive oil put on the skin daily can help resolve it. For some, using a soft toothbrush with those cleansers or oil can help.
You should read up on adrenal disease, anyway. Anyone with a ferret needs to learn about common ferret medical problems. Start in these places:
If both adrenals come out or one is atrophied and the other comes out:
and there are plenty more in the easily used archives, including on how to tackle complications that adrenal disease can cause.
In some countries deslorelin is available and that can be a better approach than Lupron. Both Lupron and deslorelin can be given with melatonin implants. The deslorelin is also an implant, while the Lupron is a depot (time release). Don't use the 24 hour Lupron form.
All that said, this hopefully will just be a case of tail acne.
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