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Vaginal Discharge in Ferrets

 

Vaginal discharge refers to any unusual substance coming from the animal's vagina such as mucus, blood, or pus. Depending in part on the age and reproductive status of the ferret (blood discharge is normal in young intact females, but is of concern in older spayed females) or presence of underlying diseases, the discharge may originate from various sources, including the urinary tract, uterus, vagina, or surrounding skin. In fact, because there are so many causes for vaginal discharge, consulting with a veterinarian is highly recommended.

 

Symptoms and Types

 

Vaginal discharge is typically seen in sexually mature females between the ages of 8 to 12 months old, especially those that have gone through recent estrus. The discharge, which may appear clear, bloody, mucoid, bloody, or have pus, can attract males. Moreover, it not only affects the ferret's reproductive system but the renal and skin systems, too. Common signs associated with vaginal discharge include:

 

  • Itching
  • Swollen external genitalia
  • Bilaterally symmetric hair loss

 

Causes

 

Vaginal discharge may be due to a variety of causes, including:

 

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Foreign body
  • Vaginal tumors or injury
  • Death of a fetus (in uterus)
  • Vaginal blood clot
  • Infection in the vaginal passage

 

Diagnosis

 

Your veterinarian will physically examine the ferret and perform blood and urine analysis on the animal to rule out other diseases associated with the aforementioned symptoms. X-rays and ultrasounds may also be used, as well as tissue cultures if cancer is suspected.

 

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