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From: Ferrethealer
Date: 2010-12-24 20:24:45 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Skin and nail mystery

I'm glad that you treated for mange despite negative scrapings - often the mites are hard to find and you need to do "diagnostic treatment". The one thing that stuck out in your post is that you use the wood pellet litter. I will tell you that I personally am allergic to wood pellet litter (will turn red and get hives even on handling a ferret who uses it) and have seen several ferrets with reactions to it, some respiratory and some dermatologic. Yes, a bacterial pyoderma will cause what you're seeing, but pyoderma often has an underlying cause, and that cause is frequently allergic.

I would strongly recommend a three to four week trial of a different litter, in addition to continuing the antibiotics (by the way, if a culture wasn't done, you may want to do one, as the antibiotic may not be the correct one for the infection). I switched to Yesterday's News years ago. Yes, it's more expensive, but my skin doesn't react, and neither do my ferrets.

Dr. Ruth

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