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From: "Patty Kaczorowski"
Date: 2010-03-29 02:20:40 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Ferret hair loss in some parts..
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Except for one rescue, all the ferrets I have had with any hair loss (
especially to baldness) were adrenal. I would bet on adrenal before
allergies, with adrenal they also get itchy, orangey flaky skin changes, and
sometimes rashes that can mimic allergies.

You should have seen fleas, if there were fleas on your ferret and just
treated and they just died , maybe, but if you NEVER saw fleas I can't
imagine this is the problem. Fleas are pretty easy to see, and even if they
are not jumping, flea dirt is left behind.

I would find out through either a local rescue in your area, or ferret
owners who is the recommended ferret vet, go to a vet that treats ferrets ,
who has done adrenal sugery, etc, the 'second opinion' may be cheaper than
spending $150-200 on a blood test. Especially if the balding is classic for
adrenal. You can also take a picture or two and post it on the site, that
may help.

Don't' forget too, the fur loss from adrenal is not always permanent, or
static, it can go to complete baldness, or just be in patches, it can be
only behind ears and tail, or flank, or actually grow back completely just
to lose again next season. There is also an option to wait a month or two
and see, I have found spring/fall season change of coats will really show
an adrenal- especially if you are in a part of the country where there are
season changes.


From: [] On
Behalf Of janine
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:00 AM

Hi, im writting you because my ferret is loosing hair. I took him to the
vet, but as his hair is growing in some places, they dont think is adrenal.
Im worried because in some parts he is bold, but at the same time, in others
the hair is growing. The vet thinks its because of flea allergy, since his
skin has some orange dots, but i dont see any. Can somebody help me?
Thank you

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