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From: Caitlyn Martin
Date: 2010-07-25 18:05:45 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] fur thining on tail - young ferret

Hi, Misty and everyone else,

I agree with what Tressie wrote. It could be adrenal. I remember our
original vet (retired for several years now) saying that he was seeing
adrenal cases as young as nine months. Over the years I've had a
couple of ferrets with adrenal disease before the age of two.

That doesn't mean it is adrenal. I also have one ferret who has thin
hair on the tail right around coat change time and it always comes
back full rather quickly. My Adric had blackheads on his tail and
lost hair. It was a skin condition that was easily treated. The best
thing you can do is take your little one to an experienced ferret vet.
If there is doubt the vet can run the Tennessee Panel to test for
elevated hormones.

My experience is different than Tressie's in that I've had very good
experience with adrenal surgery. My Ella had surgery in December,
2004 and has had no symptoms since then. She's at least eight years
old now (rescued March, 2003 as an adult ferret) and doing amazingly
well. I've had other ferrets over the years where surgery proved
curative. Of course, Deslorelin wasn't available back then and that
does provide another good option.

Whatever is wrong I do think a vet visit is the essential next step.

All the best,
Caity and the terrific trio
Ella, Zephyr and Chin Soon

[The TN Panel is best done directly instead of
being forwarded by another lab (which adds a
lot onto cost). By having your vet send it directly
you pay for what is done in your appointment, the
equipment used, the syringe disposal, etc. and for
the shipping and testing but not for the middleman.


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