Metritis in Ferrets

Summary Information

Diseases / List of Bacterial Diseases / Disease summary
Alternative Names  
Disease Agents
  • Cystic hyperplasia of the endometrium, followed by inflammation with colonisation be bacteria (e.g. Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus sp, Streptococcus sp. or Corynebacterium sp. ). (B232.11.w11)
  • This may occur as an extension of Vaginitis in Ferrets. (B627.10.w10)
  • See also: Pyometra in Ferrets
Infectious Agent(s) --
Non-infectious Agent(s) --
Physical Agent(s) --
General Description
  • Lethargy, depression. (B232.11.w11)
  • The jill may be pyretic. (B232.11.w11, B627.10.w10)
  • There may or may not be a red, sticky vaginal discharge. (B232.11.w11, B602.5.w5)
  • The uterus may or may not be distended. (B602.5.w5)
Further Information
  • Typical clinical signs. (B232.11.w11)
  • Detection of an enlarged uterus. (B232.11.w11)
  • Give an antibiotic such as trimethoprim-sulphonamide for at least five days. (B602.5.w5)
    • Preferably choose the antibiotic based on culture and sensitivity. (B232.11.w11)
  • If uterine distension is present, give prostaglandin F to initiate evacuation of the uterus, then antibiotics. (B602.5.w5) 0.5 mg (B232.11.w11)
  • If the uterus is not distended, flunixin meglumine can be given to treat the associated pain (do not give if prostaglandin treatment is required, since this a prostaglandin antagonist), in addition to antibiotic treatment. (B602.5.w5)
Associated Techniques
Host taxa groups /species
Author Dr Debra Bourne MA VetMB PhD MRCVS (V.w5)

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