Message Number: YG2187 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-04 21:24:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Infection in new ferret

Thank you so much for the advice and I will try to see how much I can
get cleaned out of it. I was gong to try and hold him with a damp
warm cloth on it to try a draw some the the infection out but was not
sure if that would help. JD

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "James Higgins" <stillkcn@g...>
> > I just received a new rescue, no name, no information, just left
> a box with a note that said please take care of my ferret. Here are
> some pictures of what I found. Can someone please give me some
> I have started it on Albon as that is all I have on hand right now
> and will get it to the vet first thing tomorrow but would like an
> idea of what to ask her to look for.
> >
> > You can see the green puss inside the opening.
> >
> > He seems to be uranating ok but it is discolored with puss and
> blood.
> >
> > The infection is so bad it can be smelled across the room.
> >
> > The mass is rather hard and does not seem to be causing him any
> pain.
> > Please e-mail me directly if possible and as soon as you can. If
> there is something I can do for him tonight then I want to do it.
> One thing that you can do, if it is not painful is clean the sheath
> with some warm water and a washcloth. Try to extrude the penis and
> see if it is affected. Clean out all of the pus from the opening.
> If there is a true mass, then we are looking at a surgical
> Neoplasms of the scent glands of the prepuce in male ferrets are
> uncommon. Usually it is difficult to figure out whether the
> is benign or malignant with microscopic examination, so I would
> definitely suggest pathology on this one.
> Benign tumors of the prepuce are cured with surgery, malignant ones
> however, carry a guarded prognosis as best, as they tend to
> metastasize widely to internal lymph nodes and organs.
> Other possibilities are a simple preputial infection or perhaps
> a sequelae to adrenal disease, but as you mention there is a mass
> lesion there, so the most likely diagnose based on this information
> is probably a preputial adenoma.
> With kindest regards,
> Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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> Tonight you can clean it, but there is really not a lot else to do
> with it tonight.
> Thanks JD and the ferret Patrol/Widget's Halfway House