Message Number: FHL2616 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2007-09-29 19:32:27 UTC
Subject: Re cannot understand reason for death Re: [ferrethealth] Digest Number 919

In a message dated 09/29/07 5:42:13 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

The jill was born in May, 2006 and came in heat when she was about 10
months old. It took 3 weeks from the onset of swelling to full heat
which time the jill was bred. The vulva became slightly lighter in
colour and more soft, one and a half week after breeding, but no
decrease in swelling was observed. An ultrasound was performed 4
later and the vet claimed that he could see a few kits. The jill was
still in full heat and according to the vet this could happen, that a
pregnant jill could still remain in heat.

**Not in my experience as a veterinarian or as a breeder. Ferrets are
induced ovulators, and once they have ovulated will come out of heat. Therefore, a
jill that remains in heat has not ovulated and cannot be pregnant.**

MAMMARY GLANDS: there were accumulation of some neutrophil
granulocytes in the alveoli and surrounding connective tissue
(inflammation)(inflammation)<WBR>, and areas with clusters

**This suggests to me that there was a mastitis going on - and in ferrets
there is a form of mastitis which will cause acute shock and death (gangrenous
mastitis). This is often misdiagnosed by vets who are not familiar with the
special ins-and-outs of ferret reproduction, either as a simple mastitis or
missed completely. Gangrenous mastitis can kill a ferret within a few hours.

Unfortunately, ferret reproduction is a specialty within a specialty, and
many vets who are perfectly capable of treating most ferrets properly are
unfamiliar with breeding ferrets, which is why it is a shame that the IFC breeder's
symposium was cancelled. Hopefully, either the IFC or the AFA will present
sessions on breeding ferrets and the medical aspects of such in the near future.

Sorry for your loss.**

Dr. Ruth

Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.

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