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Itchiness, Desire to Scratch, Chew or Lick Causing Inflamed Skin in Ferrets



The treatment given will be dependent upon the underlying cause for the condition. If an adrenal disease is suspected to be the cause of the skin irritation and the desire to scratch, surgical removal of the adrenal gland(s) may be recommended. Medicine may also be given orally, by injection, or as a medicated topical (external) ointment to minimize or eliminate the desire to scratch.


Living and Management


Pruritus requires ongoing treatment and can be frustrating for the dog's owner if progress is not made. Administering the prescribed medications will help to reduce or eliminate the desire for the cat to scratch. Following unilateral adrenalectomy or subtotal bilateral adrenalectomy, monitor for return of clinical signs, which may indicate tumor recurrence.