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 on: January 24, 2012, 11:34:23 AM 
Started by ferrilicious - Last post by ferrilicious
I'm taking the advice my my vet. Because of the age of my ferret we decided that this is the best thing for now. I just have to wait and see how things go. But you are right liquid melatonin treats the side effects not the disease.

 on: January 13, 2012, 12:00:55 PM 
Started by ferrilicious - Last post by Ferrettaxi
As a side note, on the "health side" of long term liquid Melatonin use...

Although it is easier to measure and dispense in liquid form of Melatonin, compared to it's counterpart pill form, it is high in sugar, and can contribute to ferrets developing Insulinoma if used on a long term basis and if given in high doses.

It is also not a treatment for adrenal disease but merely assists with fur growth. If the ferret is adrenal, or early adrenal, which the signs have indicated, only Lupron shots, a Deslorelin implant or surgery are possible forms of treatment.

Hope this helps. Best of luck,
Jen L.   

 on: January 12, 2012, 01:11:29 PM 
Started by ferrilicious - Last post by ferrilicious
just though i'd give an update. After thinking of every environmental factor i could i still could get her fur to grow back so i decided to run to the natural food store a get a bottle of liquid Melatonin....on the 2nd day of being on it she start to grow her fur back. so i guess that's bad news but aleast now i know.

 on: December 20, 2011, 06:52:20 AM 
Started by ferrilicious - Last post by ferretfan
The top 5 things I've seen cause fur loss in my 10 years of ferret ownership & fostering are:
1) Adrenal which doesn't always start at the base of the tail - especially if it's an older ferret
2) Seasonal - sometimes a ferret will blow their entire coat at the change of the season
3) Stress or environmental
4) Underlying health issues
5) Nutrition

If I had to guess from your description, I would say Seasonal or Stress/Environmental would be the cause - especially with it happening to 2 ferrets at the same time.

 on: December 18, 2011, 07:29:45 PM 
Started by ferrilicious - Last post by ferrilicious
Both my ferrets at the same time started to lose their fur i have had this problem twice before. once i switched there food and it grew back and once i got a new washer and i switch detergent and so i stopped using detergent and they grew it back....so now once again.  They got out of the play area once and got up into the drop ceiling and the tiles have fibreglass back so i thought that might be it but since then i have washed everything and bathed them and one grew back the fur and one still hasn't. It's been 3 weeks and still no fur growth but no increasing fur loss either

I know I know what everyone is going to say lol...maybe Adrenal Disease.
But  the ferret room is downstairs with very minimal light, she has no enlarged vulva, the hair loss is not on the tail but on the back at the base of the tail, her skin is normal colour, she's very energetic, eats/drinks the same, and no weight loss or pot belly

I just had one ferret put down due to neurological problems and had a $750 dollar bill from the vet to save her only to find out that she couldn't be saved and of course just before x-mas when money is tight.

So i was wondering if anyone has any suggestions before i take her to the vet. The first time this happened i took them to the vet for him to say it's probably environmental so it was kinda a kick in the behind so i'm hoping that's what it is this time.
Thanks for reading!!

 on: November 25, 2011, 07:04:20 PM 
Started by Rickd - Last post by Ferrettaxi
Here's a suggestion:

As one of the foster homes that houses older, terminally ill and chronically ill ferrets, I usually use "Nutrical" instead of "Ferrovite". It contains more protein and more calories, and can be used as a meal supplement. However, it is more expensive, about $15 for a tube and can only be purchase at the vets.

Just an idea or another option.

Good luck,
Jen L.   

 on: November 22, 2011, 06:50:19 PM 
Started by Rickd - Last post by Rickd
Does anybody know a supplier that stocks Ferretvite? Petsmart has discontinued stocking the product and we have an old ferret who is very dear to us. He is 9 years old but has cancer. Considering his health issues he is doing amazingly well but Ferretvite is a major ingredient to his daily diet.

I have ordered 4 tubes from Montreal Critters but if anyone knows a supplier around the Ottawa area would appreciate hearing.

Update (Nov 23): Montreal Critters (very nice organization to deal with) advised me Ferretvite is a hard-to-get product but they are making inquiries with their suppliers.

 on: November 06, 2011, 05:39:02 PM 
Started by ladygekko - Last post by fuzzyfostermum
Omigod................have you sent this to Dr. Auger?  This is a testatment to your care but to the efficacy of the biotene product as well.....wowooowoowowwie!!!!!!!!!

Super job!!!!


 on: September 23, 2011, 10:29:09 PM 
Started by Brindlepants - Last post by Fuzzie_fan
Welcome Laura!

You'll find there is no shortage of people here who love to talk about our furkids!  Your Kirby is a gorgeous fellow.

 on: September 23, 2011, 04:54:55 PM 
Started by Brindlepants - Last post by Brindlepants
Hi There!

My name is Laura and I am SUPER excited to meet some nice ferret folks to talk carpet sharks with.  I have had my first ferret for just over a year, and he is such a bundle of fun, badness, and hilarity! 

His name is Kirby and he is a Marshall's ferret that I got when he was a baby. He looks like almost every other ferret out there except for his white bib and nose freckle.

Kirby's Digs: We fiddled with a couple of different cages, but eventually gave in to the siren song that is the Ferret Nation...

Kirby's Friends: We have a houseful of four-leggers. Three cranky female cats who want no part of Kirby's rough playstyle, and two dogs, one of which who will play gently with Kirby (the other one just looks mournful when he gets ferret-ambushed and walks away). Both dogs walk around the block with Kirby on nice days.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

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