Lower Urinary Tract Infection in Ferrets
Most ferrets recover without complications once the appropriate antibiotics are administered. However, it is important to identify the issue quickly, as such forms of lower urinary tract infections can travel up to kidneys, heart, and other areas, resulting in more severe complications.
Your pet will be treat as outpatient unless another urinary abnormality (e.g., obstruction) requires hospitalization. The prognosis for cure of a simple urinary tract infection is excellent; prognosis for complicated urinary tract infection depends on the underlying abnormality. It’s important that you follow your veterinarian’s recommendations to achieve a positive outcome. Except when an underlying disorder requires surgical intervention, management does not involve surgery.
Living and Management
Prognosis will ultimately depend on the diagnosis; however, most ferrets require little more than antibiotics to resolve the infection. In cases of severe and complicated infections with obstructions, surgery may be required. Dietary changes may also be implemented to prevent future episodes of stone formation.
Antibiotics should always be administered at the prescribed dosage and frequency. In addition, do not stop or alter treatment without prior consulting your veterinarian. If long-term antibiotic treatment is recommended, watch your ferret for adverse effects, such as allergies, and immediately call your veterinarian if they should arise.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
urinary tract infection
Also referred to as a UTI; a medical condition of the urinary tract and system in which the cells are damaged by microorganisms.
A tube found between the bladder and the outside of the body; used to assist in urination.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
A change in the way that tissue is constructed; a sore
Blood in the urine
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
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