Message Number: YG3571 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-14 23:12:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Advice sought on oral cyst or tumor

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Melissa <mince@p...> wrote:

> My thoughts are that I possibly injured her gum while giving the
oral meds
> by bumping it with the syringe (but if so, why hasn't it gotten
better by
> now?) or that she has developed squamous cell carcinoma. I must
say that I
> am not hopeful.
> We are going to the vet tonight, who at this point plans to excise
> biopsy as much of the bump as possible, and cauterize the
> tissue. This won't take place until mid-morning tomorrow.

Dear Melissa:

Yes, unfortunately, SCC probably tops the list of oral tumors, but
there are some other ones (but they are usually malignant). You are
going the right way - early excision and evaluation. Let's just keep
our fingers crossed.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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