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Because pyometra is a life-threatening condition, your ferret will probably require hospitalization, especially if the animal has estrogen-induced reduction in its blood count resulting in anemia and hemorrhaging. Immediate intravenous fluid therapy and antibiotics may be used to stabilize the animal. However, surgery (possibly even a total hysterectomy) is the typical course of treatment. Prior to surgery, your ferret may require a blood transfusion.
With treatment, most ferrets have a good chance at a full recovery. Your veterinarian will recommend regular follow-up examinations to monitor its progress, and will give you instructions as to a proper diet during recovery.
Spaying ferrets is the best way to prevent pyometra.
The presence of pus in the uterus
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The hollow bodily organ that holds the embryo and fetus and provides nourishment; only found in female animals.
The period that immediately comes after the birthing process
Denotes an animal that is still able to reproduce or is free of cuts and scrapes
The time of year when certain animals are inclined to mate and have young.
The innermost layer of the uterus
The type of female hormone produced in the ovaries that contributes to sex drive and female characteristics
The time period in which a female is receptive to male attention
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.