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Trauma overview

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Introduction

  • Cause: a fall, trapped in a door, etc.
  • Signs: depends on type of trauma.
  • Diagnosis: history and clinical signs; radiography, MRI, CT.
  • Treatment: supportive care, analgesia.
  • Prognosis: depends on extent of trauma.
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Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Trauma is often from falling as ferrets like to climb.
  • Falling is also common in ferrets living in flats.
  • Occasionally they are dropped as they often squirm when held. Head injury can also occur from being slammed in a door as they try to pop through.
  • Road traffic accidents are less common, but can cause fractures Fractures, pulmonary emphysema, and rupture of the spleen, ureter and urinary bladder, among others.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Ferreira X (2015) An Uncommon Neurologic Disorder in a Ferret: Intervertebral Disc Prolapse Clinical Case. I CARE Paris, France. pp 317.
  • Lewis W (2009) Ferrets: Nervous and Musculoskeletal Disorders. In: BSAVA Manual of Rodents and Ferrets. Eds: KeebleE & Meredith A. BSAVA, UK. pp 303-310.

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