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Ferrets

Tonsillitis

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

Introduction

  • Inflammation of the tonsils.
  • Cause: infection or inflammation in the oral cavity.
  • Signs: swelling and erythema of tonsils.
  • Diagnosis: swab for Streptococcus.
  • Treatment: oral antibiotics, NSAIDs.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Infection or inflammation in the oral cavity.
  • This includes Streptococcus B infection, which can be zoonotic.
  • Tonsillitis has also been noted with upper respiratory disease such as influenza.
  • Systemic lymphoma may also involve the tonsils which then be enlarged rather than truly inflamed although on oral visual examination the difference is difficult to discern.
  • Mycobacteriosis Mycobacteriosis has caused inflammation of tonsils and other lymphoid organs in ferrets.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Bezos J, Alvarez-Carrion B, Rodriguez-Bertos A et al (2016) Evidence of disseminated infection by Mycobacterium avium subspecies hominissuis in a pet ferret (Mustela putorius furo). Res Vet Sci 109, 52-55 PubMed.


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