Adrenal disease affects the glands of ferrets that grow
their fur. For this reason the disease will most likely
be noticed during either the spring or fall seasons. If
the disease has progressed significatly it is likely that
when the ferret sheds its winter coat, nothing will grow
back. If it has not progressed to an advanced stage the
hair loss will begin at the tail of the ferret and then
continue towards its head.
The biggest problem with adrenal is that it is still unknown
how infected ferrets obtain the disease. One thought is
that an improper diet may have something to do with it but
at this point that has not been proven.
Common signs of this disease include the ferret have difficulty
defecating and/or urinating. As mentinoed above hair loss
is the end result but small amounts of hair loss around
the tail may be noticable early on.
If you notice any of these signs be sure to take your ferret
to the veterinarian as some treatment options do exist.
Furthermore, fur loss is a sign of other diseases as well
so it may not necessarily be adrenal that you are dealing
with. Either way a veterinarian will be able to help you.