Gerbil Tail Hair Loss - Paw Talk - Pet Forums
Gerbil & Hamster Discussion Twitching whiskers, tiny paws, and all things gerbil or hamster related.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-18-2006, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 99
 
Gerbil Tail Hair Loss

Two of my gerbil girls developed bald spots on their tales (Thanny might have if she hadn't lost the part the other ones developed it on). I kept an eye on it for the past few weeks and they didn't show any other signs of sickness and seemed happy and the fur is growing back. Should I be/have been more worried?
Shiremaya is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-18-2006, 09:39 PM
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,123
 
Question

I once rescued a gerbil from crowded bad conditions, She had a bald tail. In a matter of weeks it was filling out again.

Has anything changed regarding diet, habitat, or conditions?

Any sign of mites or mange? Any cuts or abrasions?

I do not know the cause.
Zouave is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2006, 01:59 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,379
  
Sometimes this can be caused by shedding. I have seen it in some gerbils when the season are changing.
Also have seen it in gerbils who are older.
andreaS15 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2006, 06:16 PM
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,123
 
Question

I have never seen a gerbil tail's go bald or even thin out, and I have had dozens.

The one I rescued, Penny, a cream, had a tail as bald as a rat's. I was told she came from very cramped conditions.
Zouave is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2006, 08:24 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,379
  
This exact question was brought up on one of the gerbils boards just this week. Out of ALL my gerbils I have had 1 get a thinning tail, and i suspect it was from age (and bad breeding). From others responce on this same question some people found a few gerbils lost the hair temporary when shedding.
BUT if there are large spots missing (not thinning), I would probably see a Vet if it didn't seem to get better.
andreaS15 is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2006, 09:50 PM
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,123
 
Even more curious. Penny was healthy in all respects but her tail. No mites. The tail furred out again quickly.

I THINK STRESS IS A FACTOR. Not so?
Zouave is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2006, 09:58 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,379
  
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zouave
Even more curious. Penny was healthy in all respects but her tail. No mites. The tail furred out again quickly.

I THINK STRESS IS A FACTOR. Not so?
Yes, I agree. Stress can cause alot of strange things to happen, in both people and animals.
andreaS15 is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2006, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 99
 
Thanks Andrea. The fur is definitely filling back in and it wasn't too large a spot. It can't be age because Sahara is not even a year yet but they might be upset by the totally strange weather we are having. I've been experimenting with blankets to keep their cage warmer cause out heater doen't seem to be working as well as it used to.
Thanks!
Shiremaya is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-23-2006, 08:20 PM
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,123
 
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by andreaS15
Yes, I agree. Stress can cause alot of strange things to happen, in both people and animals.
Maybe pets need pets to relieve their stress. it works for me!
Zouave is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-23-2006, 10:26 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,379
  
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zouave
Maybe pets need pets to relieve their stress. it works for me!
I keep trying to convice the boyfriend that, but he just won't belive me! :p

My dog is MUCH happier with all "her" gerbils.
So it definetly works.
andreaS15 is offline  
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome