Evaluating and Stabilizing the Critical Ferret: Basic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques

Keith G. Benson, Jan C. Ramer, Joanne R Paul-Murphy

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Understanding the differences and similarities between ferrets and other domestic carnivores facilitates rapid acquisition of diagnostics as well as administration of life-saving measures. Restraint, phlebotomy, and tracheal wash techniques vary from those traditionally used in small animal medicine. Interpretation of radiographs and diagnostic ultrasonography requires familiarity with normal ferret anatomy. Furthermore, intravenous and intraosseous catheterization, urethral catheterization, fluid therapy, and nutritional support all have ferret-specific caveats; appreciation of these differences can ensure that ferrets receive high-quality care in a timely fashion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-497
Number of pages8
JournalCompendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • veterinary(all)


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