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Masses in the Stomach, Esophagus, and Intestines of Ferrets



Treatment and care typically involves removal of the offending object, and safeguarding the pet against future harm by keeping their living space free of objects that can easily be swallowed or taken apart. Ferrets should be under close supervision during healing to prevent them from swallowing other toys or objects.


Living and Management


The long-term prognosis for most pets with gastrointestinal bodies is usually good, provided no major complications arise.




Keeping your ferret in a safe and friendly environment with age-appropriate toys (i.e., toys that aren't too small) is the best way to prevent them from swallowing objects that will prove harmful or toxic. In addition, chemicals and other toxic materials should be kept in secure containers.