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Ferrets

Cuterebriasis

Synonym(s): Cuterebra infestation, Bot fly infestation

Contributor(s): Cathy Johnson-Delaney, David Perpinan

Introduction

  • Usually seen in ferrets exposed to outdoors or in households that have a bot fly population.
  • Cause: infestation with Cuterebra (bot flies).
  • Signs: larval respiratory hole, pruritus, inflammation, general malaise.
  • Diagnosis: visible larval respiratory hole/larvae.
  • Treatment: diphenhydramine, NSAIDs
  • Prognosis: good.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Infestation with Cuterebra (bot flies).
  • The bot fly lays its eggs on the ferret; the larvae are buried within the skin with a small hole for respiration.

Epidemiology

  • Rare in ferrets.
  • It occurs in the summer months, when flies are active.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Fox J G & Marini R P (2014) Eds Biology and Diseases of the Ferret. 3rd edn. Wiley Blackwell, USA. pp 835.


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