Alopecia (Hair Loss) in Ferrets


Ferrets can suffer from alopecia, which is also known as hair loss.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Here is a list of some of the reasons why ferrets might lose their hair:-

Adrenal problems
Allergy to flea bites
Moulting in late summer / early autumn
Hair loss on the tail could be caused by “blackheads”
Feeding your ferret too many raw egg whites
Being in heat for too long (prolonged estrus) in unsterilized females

If you notice that your ferret’s loss of hair is more than just seasonal shedding, then whisk him to your vet so that he can figure out what the cause is.


More information about Alopecia can be found on the following sites…

Hair Loss in Ferrets (PetMD)

Shedding … A Hairy Situation by Mary Van Dahm

Why Is My Ferret Losing Hair? by Jerry Murray, DVM (Pet Central)

Ferrets Alopecia by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, Bev Panto (Vetstream)

Why Is My Ferret Losing Hair? (Pet Central)




(Last updated November 2019)

DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this page is not meant to replace seeing a veterinarian if you think your ferret is ill. It’s only meant to supply general information on a particular illness which was obtained either from personal experience with my sick ferrets, or from books and/or the Internet.

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