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Tumors of the Skin, Hair, Nails, Sweat Glands in Ferrets



Treatment and care are dependent upon the diagnosis, and vary according to the type and size of tumors identified. One main method of treatment is the surgical removal of tumors, especially in cases of adenomas, mast cell, and basal cell tumors. If tumor growth is widespread, amputation may be necessary. Chemotherapy may also be recommended, but because there is little information about this treatment method for ferrets, an oncologist should be consulted.


Living and Management


After initial treatment, the ferret should be monitored to make sure the symptoms subside and that metastasis has not occurred. Further surgery may be necessary to completely remove tumors.




Because there are no known causes or risk factors that may lead to the development of integumentary neoplasms in ferrets, there is no known method of prevention.