Message Number: FHL13006 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Mr Einstin"
Date: 2011-03-13 23:40:43 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Diego - See images in case files folder named Diego

Here is Diego's story...

For the last year and a half my wife and I have been buying and adopting ferrets from a local Petco that they are unable to sell. We do this so that they do not get returned. We currently have 5 ferrets now. Our 3rd ferret, and first adoption, is an albino male named Diego. Diego was born the week of 23 July 2009 and that would make him approximately 19 months old now. All of our ferrets have been free fed Zupreem Premium Ferret Diet (Data sheet available at as their basic daily food. In the mornings for breakfast they all receive their own individual bowl of Uncle Jim's Duck Soup with a supplemental dose of FerreTone Skin & Coat Supplement added.

Recently I noticed his penis sheath has become enlarged. I have already taken him to our local vet, Dr. X, of X. A routine exam showed no abnormalities whatsoever aside from the enlarged sheath. Eyes, ears, mouth were all clean & clear. Heart and lungs sounded clear and normal. No abnormality in heart beat or rate were noted. Palpating the abdomen revealed no masses, firmness or sensitivity in the region. Actual manipulation of the penile sheath appeared to cause no discomfort or sensitivity. The ability to urinate does not seem to be impaired or be causing any discomfort although his behavior does suggest that it may be taking slightly more effort to relieve himself. His stool sample is of normal size, texture and color as well. There has been no indication of any behavioral changes whatsoever. His demeanor is still as easy going and care free as always. He routinely plays with the other ferrets. He has not been observed biting, licking or scratching the penile or abdominal
region any more than normal. There is no discharge of any kind present and urine appears to be clear and normal. Urinalysis came back Friday and showed no abnormalities. Right now I don't have a copy of the lab results yet to be able to share but I will be going to the vet tomorrow to pick them up Initial microscopic study of a urine sample showed no signs of grit, sand or ash present. The initial course of treatment has been an initial injection of the steroid Dexamethasone and the oral antibiotic Clamavox Liquid .5ml every 12 hours.

Any additional insight or theories you could provide would be greatly appreciated and shared with our current vet.

[The penile sheath enlargement photo remains at
but per the Rules which can be found in the Files
section we do allow photos which are not ferret
health photos so 3 others have been removed.

On the FHL please know that vets and hospitals are also not named
in relation to cases under discussion so those names have been
removed from the post.

-- moderator]


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