Hair Loss on Tail:
I have to wait until the spring, her tail can
be bald by them. yuk!!! lol. So if it just stays on
her tail, you think it's not the adrenal glands then.
I have read that if it's adrenal glands then the fur
losing goes to other parts of their body is this true?
Also I have heard that if it doesn't start by their
butt it's not adrenal glands, and if it starts lower
down the tail then it's rat tail, is this true.
She may lose more fur on her tail, which is referred
to as rat tail, but as I mentioned she most likely
will grow the fur back again when she grows in her
new coat, next Spring. The hair loss can be anywhere
on the body, top of head, base of tail, stomach, flanks,
it is hairloss that does not grow back that is a sign
of adrenal disease. Go to: www.miamiferret.org Click
on Healthcare and then on ADRENAL
There is NO need for you to go to a vet right now,
so stop worrying, there is nothing that needs doing
yet. If the hair loss progresses, then you will already
have a diagnosis and you will have your options from
reading the info that I suggested. She may not have
anymore hair loss and grow in a beautiful new coat.
Next year around the same time she may lose hair again,
but she might not. I have had many ferrets that have
had rat tail but then grow back in their coats and
others that have hairloss on their bodies and never
had a rat tail.
My ferret isn't quite 2 yet, but i noticed that
she is starting to lose some fur on it. Is it too early
an age to worry about Adrenal Gland problems and is
this possibly just the change in seasons fur loss at
this age, or should i get her to a vet and have it
checked out. There isn't much fur missing, but I did
notice this morning it has thinned out. I am from upstate
ny and summer is ending, it is starting to get cold
so again, maybe it's just a seasonal fur coat change?
Sounds like it is a seasonal change, it is that
time of year. Everything in a ferret is governed
by light and with the days getting shorter the ferret
is changing her coat, she should grow back her hair
in the Spring. If the hairloss continues, especially
to other areas of the body, then consult your vet.
I have 3 ferrets..the two of them are about 2
yrs old and the third is 3. My middle child is losing
fur on his tail and I am 99.9% positive its rat tail.
I was reading on one legit web site that you can wash
it with clean & clear for sensitive skin. I was
wondering if that was okay and how often I should do
it. I was also wondering if I should isolate him from
the other two.
Ferrets often lose hair on their tails, it is
a seasonal thing, nothing contagious, so no need
separate. You can scrub or clean tail but all it
will do is clean the little blackheads from the skin.
Your ferret will grow new hair on his tail when he
changes his coat in the Fall. However, the hair loss
can be preliminary to Adrenal Disease, so you need
to watch, that next year he doesn't lose more fur
on the rest of his body.
I was wondering if you could help. My 4 year old ferret
has all of a sudden started losing hair on her tail ( her
sister hasn't and they live in same cage), I have read
your web page about rat tail. If she has this can she die
from it? What can a vet do? Would her sister get it?. One
more question if she did die how would her sister cope
without her? Do you think she would pine herself away?
By the way I have had them since they were 8 weeks old
and she is showing no other symptoms.
She will most likely grow her hair back again once
the season changes, however if she continues to lose
fur on other parts of her body, such as rump, back,
belly etc.. then she more than likely has ADRENAL disease
which you can read about at: www.miamiferret.org Go
to Healthcare and then click on ADRENAL
Ferrets with adrenal disease act normal,
but inside the tumor will grow, causing excessive itching
and hair loss. Females can become anemic and males
many times have a swollen prostate and urinary blockages.
The disease can be treated by surgical removal of the
tumor, or medically by Lupron injections and Melatonin
Implants, you will need to speak to your vet about
your options and the cost.
My four and a half year old ferret started thinning
his tail fur about 6 months ago. SInce that time, his
tail became completely bald and I noticed his fur on
his body start to thin too. Within the past couple months
his tail grew back all its fur. But now his body fur
has thinned more and his has a bare patch on his back
just above his tail. I know that it could be adrenal
gland disease but from everything I've read nothing mentions
the fur growing back. What are your thoughts? And could
all his fur grow back like his tail did?
Yes, it most likely is adrenal disease, they can
grow the fur back again (the tumor goes into remission)
and then next season will lose more. The fact he has
a bare bottom is indicative of adrenal disease and
as it advances the hair loss will continue all over
the body. With a male you need to be cautious about
urinary blockages so you might want to consider MELATONIN
or LUPRON. Go to: www.miamiferret.org click
on HEALTHCARE and then ADRENAL
DISEASE to find your options.
My ferret is about four years old, and I noticed
recently that she has lost almost all of the hair on
her tail. Is this normal shedding or do you think that
there is something wrong?
Ferrets often lose hair on their tails, it is referred
to as 'RAT TAIL', it is a seasonal
thing and usually when the next coat comes in the hair
will also grow on the tail. However since your ferret
is 4 years old, you will need to keep an eye on her
and make sure there is regrowth within the next few
months and that she does not have hairloss anywhere
Unfortunately many ferrets as they age,
develop ADRENAL DISEASE, which can
be treated several ways, if you would like to learn
more about it, please go to: www.miamiferret.org.
Click on HEALTHCARE and then ADRENAL DISEASE.
We have a 7 month old neutured male ferret, he is
active and acts normal, but his tail is turning a black
color and losing all the hair on it, it almost looks rotton.it
use to be white, he dosent act like it hurts, we have been
cleaning it, whats this problem and is there anything we
can do about it?
It is common for ferrets to lose the hair on their
tails at certain seasons of the year. When he grows in
his next coat he will also grow hair back on his tail.
The black you are seeing is 'blackeads', soak his tail
and gently scrub to remove whatever you can, but do not
worry, it too will go away.
As he gets older you will need to watch
that he doesn't lose more of his fur in other areas
of his body, as this may indicate he has something
more serious, such as ADRENAL DISEASE.
They only lose their hair on the tail. What can
I do about it and how do I get it better? I am desperate
to correct this problem.
Rat tail is very common in ferrets and there really
isn't much you can do about it! It is a seasonal thing,
when the ferret wears his Summer coat usually this is
the time you will see it and when the ferret changes
to his Winter coat, the hair usually will grow in again.
You can soak and gently scrub the tail loosening the
blackheads that are seen in the skin, however this is
not often successful either and you most likely will
just have to wait till the ferret changes coat. If the
coat continues to thin traveling up the back and on top
of paws, head, or under belly, then it is time to see
the vet as this could mean the beginning of ADRENAL DISEASE.
However I would not worry if these signs are not apparent.
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