Message Number: YG1476 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-20 04:58:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Strange Ear problem - Growth in

In a message dated 03/20/2001 12:30:26 AM Eastern Standard Time,
ferret@e... writes:

<< No ear mites. Smells like a yeast infection, but it doesn't respond to
treatment. I have been washing his ear out with peroxide every couple of
days, and using what swimmers use for swimmers ear to help dry it out. The
vet says it couldn't hurt since nothing he can come up with has helped.

Since the tumor comes back, and it is in the ear, what options are there? >>

Hey Jean!

We had one kid here in the shelter with bleeding ears - he had a tumor
growing inside the ear canal. We tried debulking first but they came back.
Finally the docs decided to remove the ear canal and sew his ear shut. This
was the only thing that finally relieved all of Kyle the ferrets pain....He
became known as the ferret squirt gun because he was at the vets so often and
he attributed vets to pain, so anyone examining him usually got a Kyle
shower! He was smart, too - he didn't use it all at once - one particular
visit he got the vet, two techs and an assistant!

But back to his ear - Kyle did not lose his hearing, and he looked a bit
crooked once the stitches were removed - but he was completely pain free at
that point and that was what was most important.

I understand the surgery is a little tricky - there is a major nerve that
runs close to the ear....but he did well afterwards and the change in him was
remarkable. Good luck!

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"