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From: Brenda Taylor
Date: 2011-04-27 21:32:56 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] open wound treatment in ferret

Thank you for your prompt response. Yes, the entire leg was amputated along with
an unusual lymphatic tumor that surrounded the bone. A lot was taken to ensure
it was completely removed. I posted a picture, "Teeka's wound" in the picture
gallery, with a close up of the affected area. Our vet, a exotic specialist, had
not seen such a presentation, but contacted a ferret oncologist, who found 2
similar cases in her archives. They devised the chemo based on the biopsy
She is currently in a cage without levels, and a smooth plastic tray on the
bottom so she can slide without catching on anything, (We usually have lots of
blankets for them to crawl into, but I feared blankets would catch stitches)She
does have a sleep sack and sleeps most of the time.
She has been back to the vet 3 times,for restitching. They did not opt for glue
or staples. The stitches dissolve on their own. No, no blisters or sernomas
formed, the stitches just pulled loose, leaving an area exposed.
I am afraid the inside will become contaminated, despite my precautions, and we
will have infection on top of the chemo......
From: Brenda Taylor <>
Sent: Wed, April 27, 2011 2:08:42 PM

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...


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