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  • Mystery illness

    Hi everyone, You may remember me from before - my ferret had had a strange episode of hindlegs weakness and disorientation for a few days in the end of April

    evil_taxidermied_sloth 16 hours ago
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    QUOTE German neuroscientists measured brain activity in two ferrets over 3 trials of anaesthesia and recovery — increasing the amount of anaesthesia each

    sukiedaviscrandall 17 hours ago
  • Re: Digestive Problems

    Bird seed appearance to stools are poorly digested fat globules. That usually means that the small intestine is unable to handle the amount of fat in the

    sukiedaviscrandall 10 days 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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