Bookmark and Share
Your E-mail:
What is the typical reaction of Thanksgiving guests to your rabbit, ferret, hamster, guinea pig or other small animal pet?

Printer Friendly

Open Sore Won’t Heal On Ferret

What are treatment options for a wound on a ferret’s hindquarters that is lingering after more than a month of treatment?

Karen Rosenthal, DVM, MS
Posted: February 28, 2014, 4 a.m. EST

ferret on carpet
Ferret Bandit/© Courtesy Cavalyn Stowers
Healthy ferrets with normal wounds heal quickly.

Q: My veterinarian cannot seem to cure the open sore on my ferret’s hindquarters. After more than a month it is no better. I have read that antimicrobial soap and an antibiotic spray might help.

A: This is an unusual condition. Open wounds on ferrets usually heal on their own very quickly. The fact that this one is still present, more than a month later, leads me to believe this wound is unusual.

If the wound is in an area of much movement, for example, over a joint rather than just over a large muscle, this will prevent a wound from healing. It may be that all that needs to be done is immobilize the area for a week or so to allow the skin to heal.

But if there is an infection, such as a bacteria or fungus that is in the wound, this will prevent healing. After a month, it is likely that soap will not be enough to destroy the bacteria or fungus. Likely, topical medication or oral medication prescribed by your veterinarian may be needed, along with a medical-strength antibacterial cream placed on the wound area.

See all veterinary Q&A about ferrets, click here>>
See all ferret health articles, click here>>
See veterinary Q&A for all small animal pets, click here>>

Posted: February 28, 2014, 4 a.m. EST

 Give us your opinion on
Open Sore Won’t Heal On Ferret

Submit a Comment   Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Rabbits USA
Rabbits USA
Top Products

Hi my name's Fluffly

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!