Message Number: YG6399 | New FHL Archives Search
From: ahinton
Date: 2001-08-16 02:17:00 UTC
Subject: Bumps on head

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone out there can tell me what these
bumps on my ferrets head may be. He has one on his face right
below one of his eyes that is about the size of half a pencil
eraser. It is red and round and it is raised. It was present
several months ago but went away on it's own. This time it
has not gone away and there is another one that looks similar
that has appeard on the top of his head. He has been
scratching because they both had some crusty dried blood
around them. Other than that they don't seem to cause any

The vet I saw today didn't know what they were and I didn't
want to put him through any unecessary anesthesia so she
didn't scrape them for a biopsy. She prescribed
Trithalmic/Cortisone Opthalmic Ointment to be put on twice
daily. Apparently this is an eye ointment used in cats? I
didn't get the impression that the vet knew what was going on
and I'm hoping someone else does. He has had a mast cell
tumor on his back before that went away on it's own. Could
that be what's going on here? I want to avoid doing anything
invasive but I also want to know that these aren't something
really serious.

I would really appreciate any information so I know where to
go from here.