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From: "Brenda Taylor"
Date: 2011-04-27 18:08:42 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] open wound treatment in ferret

Our 4 yr old ferret had left back leg amputated due to lymphoma and is undergoing chemo treatments. The wound has been stitched 3 times, but keeps pulling stitches, leaving a hole that is open. Our vet thinks it will eventually heal, but I am concerned with infection in the meantime. She is on Baytril and I cleanse the wound by flushing gently with a saline based wound cleaner and surrounding with Neosporin. Is there anything else I can do to hasten the healing and prevent contamination?---it isn't covered.
Thankyou for any help,

[I don't understand. Amputation of a leg
due to lymphoma? Was the leg amputated
and the cause maybe something like
osteosarcoma? Was the node behind the leg
removed (biopsy rather than amputation)
for cytology, instead of the leg gone? If
this actually is a leg gone due to lymphoma
could you get details and explain the reasoning
since I have never heard of this. Granted, I am
not a vet so I tend to learn about the rare things

Ferrets have a tendency toward tissue
retraction with amputations and tend to
need a large tissue pad remaining as a

Can the area deal with staples? If not, has
surgical glue been tried over the stitches; that
tends to work wonders.

Did seromas form? They are like big blisters
near the stitches and can cause the tissue to
give out, resulting in the wound opening near the

Is the ferret being prevented from doing any
climbing at all, even into a litter pot, or up and
down a ramp, and is the individual resting sufficiently?

Sometimes after stitches or staples come out a
bit of tissue that is not supposed to be exposed
winds up on top and will weep as well as posing
an infection risk. I have never heard of this in
a ferret but it could happen in any species. Those
can take quite a time to resolve.

-- Moderator]


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