Chordoma in Ferrets


A chordoma is a tumor believed to originate from the embryonal remnants of the notochord and is usually seen at the tip of the tail, making it look similar to the knob of a club.

© Pathology of the Domestic Ferret by Matti Kiupel (used with permission) – Ferret Health Advancement at MSU

They are easily removed surgically and the cancer doesn’t seem to spread to other areas from the tail.

However a chordoma can also appear in a ferret’s cervical (neck) region and those ones are, unfortunately, fatal ?

Ferrets can also develop , which is a tumor which can occur anywhere along the spine, ribs, or breast bone and tends to cause spinal cord compression and associated problems. This should be removed surgically, if possible.chondrosarcoma

There is more information about Chordomas in Ferrets here …

Chordomas and Chondrosarcomas in Ferrets (PetMD)

What are Chordomas in Ferrets? (The Modern Ferret)

Chordomas and Chondrosarcomas in Ferrets (

Chordoma in the Tail of a Ferret (ResearchGate)

Chordoma in the Tail of a Ferret (The National Center for Biotechnology Information NCBI)

Good bye Tail… WITH NEW PICS (The Holistic Ferret Forum)

Chordoma in a Ferret (veterinary pathology forum)




There’s a pdf called “Condroid Chordoma in a Ferret” by J Webster, Matti Kiupel, F Kennedy (MSU) – please click HERE to download it.

It’s pretty technical but could be useful to show to a vet who isn’t ferret knowledgeable if your ferret has a chordoma 🙂



(Last updated November 2019)

DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this page is not meant to replace seeing a veterinarian if you think your ferret is ill. It’s only meant to supply general information on a particular illness which was obtained either from personal experience with my sick ferrets, or from books and/or the Internet.

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