Message Number: FHL9933 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Angela Espinet
Date: 2009-09-22 15:28:43 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferret skin problems

=A0=A0=A0Replied privately=A0yesterday but=A0since scraping was mentioned f=
or mites thought I would email group.=A0Mange mites is entirely possible, h=
ave seen this many times in older ferrets with impaired immune systems. It =
is possible that a skin scrape may not show mites or debris. We had a ferre=
t many years ago that came to the shelter with thick fur biuldup on legs an=
d skin covered with=A0 crusty debris, she was scraped twice and nothing sho=
wed. She was soaked and debrided of the cruddy mess several times, before w=
e could detect the mites and after I got mites myself.
=A0=A0=A0=A0 For those who want to try a natural approach for skin problems=
, try NATURAL CIDER APPLE VINEGAR, from the healthfood store 50% to 50% wat=
er and dip ferret after bathing, leaving on skin. Smell of vinegar will dis=
sipate quickly and ferret 's skin and fur will be soft and shiny. For mites=
it may be necessary to use Ivermectin shots, but consult with vet, if you =
are using for heartworms also---Angela.
[Do check with the treating
vet first to make sure that
the diluted vinegar may be
used. Many vets allow a
question to be left for call
-- Moderator]


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