Fungal Infection (Dermatophytosis) of the Skin, Hair And Nails in Ferrets



Most ferrets can be treated on an outpatient basis, and some milder cases may even resolve without treatment or intervention. However, quarantine procedures should be considered due to the infective and zoonotic (transmittable to humans) nature of some types of dermatophytosis. If your veterinarian needs to prescribe antifungal medications, the use of an Elizabethan collar (a wide collar placed around the neck) is recommended to prevent ingestion of antifungal creams applied to the ferret's skin.


Living and Management


A fungal culture is the only means of truly monitoring your ferret's response to treatment. Many animals will improve clinically, but remain fungal culture positive. It is advisable to repeat fungal cultures toward the end of treatment, and continue treatment until at least one culture result is negative. In resistant cases, fungal cultures may be repeated on a weekly basis, and treatment continued until two to three consecutive negative results are obtained.