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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2011-05-02 23:02:17 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferret with bleeding scratch...

Probably a good idea to have your vet have a look at it. It may or may not be a simple cut/scratch.

I have a ferret who had what appeared to be a wound on top of his head that scabbed over and then would start to bleed again. I took him to my vet who shaved the area and removed the scab with Hibatane diluted solution and pronounced that he must have hit his head on something. He told me to keep it clean and that it should heal. Well it didn't heal and so back I went to my vet, who again said that he must be re-injuring himself.

I scoured every inch of my environment looking for something that he might be catching his head on. I thought it odd that my other ferrets weren't injuring their heads. I watched him like a hawk and could not see him injuring himself.

After 4 months of back and forth I insisted that a biopsy be done and ssure enough it turned out to be a rare surface hemingiosarcoma. Completely curable if removed early.

Another ferret who came in as a rescue had been picked up by Dog Control. She ended up in the local animal shelter before being turned over to our rescue. Their vet treated the gash in her side. They had been applying antiobiotic ointment and keeping it clean as recommended by the shelter vet.

When I got her the wound appeared to be healing but was oozing a little blood in the center so I took her to my vet. It turned out to be a very deep gash - to her ribs and infection had started to set in. My vet took her into surgery, removed the infected tissue and stitched her up.

Both of these ferrets recovered nicely.

Point of my long-winded story is that a cut may be more than a mere scratch if it keeps bleeding and should be tended by a knowledgeable ferret veterinarian.



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