Message Number: YG2564 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-15 00:46:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: swollen vulva

Dear Renee - I am sorry, I missed your initial letter, but read Dr. Williams
comments regarding the swollen vulva & looked at the picture. It is hard to
tell, but looks like there might be a bit of discharge - the right side at
the base also looks inflamed. Please be sure to keep the vulva clean. Apply
a bit of betadine and a while later, use some panalog. If it is
inflammation, the vulva should grow smaller. If you don't have panalog on
hand, mix a little neosporin ointment & a little cortisone cream together and
apply to vulva. Was she a late neuter? Sometimes the vulva on a late neuter
who has been in season might not go back as small as it would be in an early
spayed jill. Best Regards, Meg P.S. Let us know if this helps!

In a message dated 4/14/01 11:59:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
williams@e... writes:

<< --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Renee Rider" <riderr@m...> wrote:
> I'd like to know how big a vulva is when you term it "swollen" and
suspect adrenal tumors.
> Niro, one of my new fosters has one that is a little large. I went
around looking at all of the girls, and none are this big.
> Much to her chagrin, I took a picture.
> Can anyone tell me if this is in the normal range, or if it is

Dear Reneee:

Although there is no baseline picture - it is usually better if you
know what the vulva usually looks like in an individual, this
particular picture appears to show a mildly enlarged vulva, so at
this point, I would start to consider the possibility of adrenal
disease in this individual. At this point, before rushing straight
to surgery, I think I would like to see some corroborating evidence
such as aggressive behavior or hair loss.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, dVM