Message Number: YG2392 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-04-09 17:14:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] mast cell tumors

Gigi, Turlock, Stasi, Miss Boo and Elvis,

You wrote:
> awhile ago I asked about Turlock's 'bump', which I'm assuming to be a
> mast cell tumor. This is what the vet thinks also.
> When we were playing yesterday, I noticed two more on his L foreleg.
> I swear they popped up like overnite. Is this common, for them to
> spring up all over the ferret like daisies?

Yes, in some ferrets (very common in Boxer dogs).

Is he going to continue
> to break out in bumps, or if we remove these, will it stop?

Hard to tell, and removal does not seem to affect occurance
elsewhere on the body.

> I know they are not supposed to be something to worry about, but I
> wonder how lumpy he can get?

I don't think I've seen a ferret with more than four, and I often
find that they regress spontaneously without any doing on my part.
This may be a watch and wait, as long as he doesn't claw them open.

-Dr. Karen
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