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Ferrets

Pyoderma

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

Introduction

  • Infection and inflammation of the skin.
  • Cause: trauma, bite wounds, ectoparasites.
  • Signs: inflammation, lacerations, pustules, abscessed pockets of skin.
  • Diagnosis: culture and sensitivity, cytology, biopsy, histopathology.
  • Treatment: antimicrobials, NSAIDs.
  • Prognosis: good.
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Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Usually secondary to trauma Trauma overview, bite wounds, rough playing, ectoparasites.
  • Most commonly caused by Staphylococcus spp or Streptococcus spp.
  • Can be superficial or deep.
  • May be extensive with abscesses Skin abscess and cellulitis.
  • Occasionally is pruritus.
  • Ferret may cause further damage with scratching or licking.
  • A case of superficial spreading pyoderma caused by Staphylococcus intermedius has also been described in a ferret:
    • It occurred after the ferret was found digging in a fire ant mound and was stung by ants.
    • It affected the ventral aspect of the body.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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