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Blue ferret syndrome

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Contributor(s):

Sarah Brown

Agata Witkowska


Introduction

  • Cause: idiopathic.
  • Signs: blue discoloration of the ventral abdominal skin occurring in ferrets, usually where fur has been clipped during the catagen phase of the hair growth cycle.
  • Diagnosis: clinical signs with consistent history, skin biopsy.
  • Treatment: none needed.
  • Prognosis: very good.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Unknown.
  • Idiopathic syndrome.
  • First reported by Burgmann (1991).

Predisposing factors

General

  • Clipping of fur during the catagen (intermediate phase) of the hair growth cycle.

Pathophysiology

  • The clipped area remains hairless, then turns blue.
  • It seems that the hair follicles produce melanin, which is incorporated into the new growing hairs, giving the blue hue.

Timecourse

  • Hair growth restarts within 1-2 weeks of the blue color appearing.
  • The discoloration disappears after a few weeks.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Johnson-Delaney C A (2017) Disorders of the Skin. In: Ferret Medicine and Surgery. CRC Press, USA. pp 325-346.
  • Meredith A (2009) Ferrets: Dermatoses. In: BSAVA Manual of Ferrets and Rodents. Eds: Keeble A & Meredith A. BSAVA, UK. pp 269-274.
  • Scott D W, Miller W H & Griffin C E (2001) Dermatoses of Pet Rodents, Rabbits and Ferrets. In: Muller and Kirk’s Small Animal Dermatology. W B Saunders, USA. pp 1415–1458. 
  • Burgmann P (1991) Dermatology of Rabbits, Rodents and Ferrets. In: Dermatology for the Small Animal Practitioner. Eds: Nesbitt G H & Ackerman L J. Veterinary Learning Systems, USA. pp 205. 

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