Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Ferrets

Fractures

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

Introduction

  • Surprisingly ferrets seem fairly resistant to limb fractures despite the number of times ferrets fall from climbing.
  • Cause: trauma.
  • Signs: depends on location of fracture.
  • Diagnosis: physical/neurological examination, radiography.
  • Treatment: surgical repair.
  • Prognosis: depends on location and type of fracture.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Trauma from falling (common).
  • Stepped on by owner.
  • Caught in a door or furnishings such as recliner chairs.

Predisposing factors

General

  • Ferrets living in flats/apartments are more likely to fall from significant heights.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Pignon C, Vallefuoco R, Krumeich N et al (2014) Surgical repair of a pelvic fracture in a ferret (Mustela putorius furo). J Exotic Pet Med 23 (1), 96-100 VetMedResource.
  • Pignon C & Jardel N (2009) Pelvic limb lameness in a ferret. Lab Animal 38 (1), 9-11 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Antinoff N & Giovanella C J (2012) Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Diseases. In: Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents. 3rd edn. Eds: Quesenberry K E & Carpenter J W. Elsevier, St. Louis, USA. pp 132-140.
  • Anres A P (1982) Surgical repair of bilateral tibial fractures and right coxo-femoral luxation in a ferret. Veterinary Medicine/Small Animal Clinician August. pp 1220-1221.


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