Message Number: FHL12474 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Karen McCabe"
Date: 2010-11-16 04:55:53 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: HELP! Seeking information/advice regarding a sick 6 YO ferret

I've seen this type of bruising with several of my ferrets in end stage lymphoma. The bruising is caused by thrombocytopenia (too few platelets in the blood). This occurs when the cancer attacks the bone marrow. There need not be any trauma (falls, etc), just the slightest touch will cause bruising (as the blood is not clotting). In addition to bruising of the skin you may also see blood from the rectum and possibly the mouth as the disease progresses. There is nothing that can be done. Mine lasted no more than one week after the bruising began.

Karen McCabe

[Bruising can also sometimes happen earlier in malignancies,
and when adrenal disease causes serious anemia bruising can
happen. That second one is from the effects of high estrogen
levels on bone marrow.

It is definitely time for a vet check again.

-- Moderator]


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