Foot and Toenail Disorders in Ferrets

Treatment

 

Foot soaks, hot packing, and/or bandaging may be necessary, depending on cause. Whether or not you need to limit your pet’s activity or administer medication will also depend on the underlying cause and the severity of the lesions. If there are tumors, they may need to be removed surgically. If there are abscesses, they may need to be drained. In severe cases, removing dead tissue may be necessary before medications are prescribed.

 

Living and Management

 

Success of therapy depends on finding the underlying cause. You will need to follow your veterinarians directions and advice, particularly in administering appropriate medications.

 

Prevention

 

There are a number of causes that can lead to pododermatitis and nailbed disorders, thus it is difficult to pinpoint effective preventative measures. However, vaccinated against canine distemper virus may limit the ferret’s ability to contract that form of skin inflammation.