Message Number: YG3420 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-10 18:42:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Lump on Harpo's behind!

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Divide Home Owners Association"
<divide@s...> wrote:
> I have a ferret named Harpo whom I rescused 3 1/2 years ago. Harpo
went to
> the vet last week and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection.
He was
> put on clavamox 2x a day, .4 is the dosage. Today I discovered a
hard, pea
> size lump right next to his anus. I have a vet appt on Friday but
> wondering if anyone might know what this might be, and is it an

Dear Deirdre:

It is most likely not an emergency, but something that should be
removed on Friday, if at all possible. The impact anal gland
differential is a valid one, but I would also consider a sweat gland
tumor. Recently I also had a malignancy arising from the lining of
the anal sac itself. The tumors in the perianal area are associated
with a higher rate of malignancy, so it is better removed sooner than
later, and I would not consider trying a round of antibiotics first.
This is one for surgery for sure.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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