Message Number: FHL12265 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "SaS"
Date: 2010-09-27 09:50:59 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Substantial Hair Loss; balding, fat ferret, above normal appetite..........HELP

Scooby. He was a rescue. Over the last 3-5 months he has lost a great deal of hair. He's balding on his tail, neck, entire underbody and now the center length of his back. He is itchy cuz his bald areas are dry. He has a large appetite. He hasn't lost any weight, in fact, he is rather fat! he still has energy and runs around although doesn't play as long because I think he's too fat and tires quickly. He does have some difficulties pooping but the ferret lax helps.

Last night we tried to put some gentle animal ok'd lotion on his dry skin and were saddened when clumps of hair came of in my gf's almost the full lenght of his back (top)is bald. I know that adrenal can cause hair loss but it doesn't seem like he's exhibiting any other symptoms of adrenal.

Are there other conditions that could cause this type of hair loss? A skin condition or irritation, yet none of his skin is's just dry.

We've got the lotion, ferretone, furovite.......going to make him his own special vitamin/mineral enhanced food mix to see if that helps. Most would say adrenal just for the hair loss but I'm not so sure....

Anyone got any suggetions or thoughts?

[Fur loss and dry skin are both symptoms of adrenal disease
and that certainly is the most common cause.

Whatever the cause this ferret needs to get to a ferret vet.

You can read about a range of skin problems by using some
past posts, See the separate archives. They are easy to use.

It only takes one symptom to say "adrenal likely" and given
your description this is not normal seasonal fur loss, so why
not consider either the TN Panel or trying Lupron to see if
either how he tests or if symptoms abate?

Just did a brief search so search more on your own:

-- Moderator]


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