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  • Polycystic Pancreatitis

    Has anyone else had a ferret with this diagnosis (I am not referring to insulinomas). Any feedback on how it was successfully treated is appreciated!

    marietheresa13 1 hour ago
  • Re: Preventative measures for adrenal

    Sarah, too much daylight can be a problem. It is in darkness that the body produces melatonin. With humans being diurnal (but ferret ancestors being

    sukiedaviscrandall 1 day ago
  • Re: Preventative measures for adrenal

    This is interesting to read. I don't have, nor have had, a ferret with adrenal - it isn't as common in the UK. However I do have one with lymphoma whose

    rooibost 1 day ago
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Welcome to the Ferret Health List


Take a look at the photo of Beasley, to the right. Notice the puffiness around his neck? The immediate concern with this appearance is swollen lymph nodes.



Beasley was fortunate; the large deposits in his neck were only fat. That is something ferrets do at times which surprises some vets who are not used to ferrets. Some other ferrets will have hard ball-like structures --kind of like marbles -- in that same position. That alternative type of swelling happens when the lymph nodes are enlarged. Infection can create swollen lymph nodes, but so can lymphoma.


When that type of swelling happens it pays to either have a node removed for biopsy or to have an aspirate taken from the node. Removal is harder but much more accurate. Either approach can prove very useful.

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