Message Number: YG803 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-06 04:15:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] 2 reddish spots and kidney
failure, help?

In a message dated 03/06/2001 11:56:28 AM Eastern Standard Time,
erin.simkins@e... writes:

<< I have a question for anyone who might be able to help. One of my
old farts named Mondo (actually a foster boy) has two reddish spots
on his back. They are each between the size of a dime and a nickel.
They look similar to a bruise but I don't know how that would have
happened. My gut tells me they are not bruises but maybe something
else instead. Does any one know what this could be?

A little background on him... he's turning 8 years old on April 1st.
I started fostering him last August. He had a bilateral
adrenalectomy on Dec. 29th as well as the lower lobe of his liver
removed. >>

Hey Erin

I see these spots all the time on older, adrenal ferrets. My vet would call
them 'hot spots' and the only time that I have ever seen them is on a ferret
with adrenal problems. My treatment of them is to put a topical cream
(silvadene) on them until they go away. I've never seen them bleeding, but
they do go away and seem to be cyclical in nature. If you look closely on the
same area when they are not red - you will see a very faint discoloration to
the skin.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help - but I don't think its anything major to
worry about.

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"