In Australia, cryptococcosis is the most common systemic fungal disease of animals. It’s found in dry pigeon droppings and in the soil. [wp_ad_camp_2]
A while ago there was a case of a ferret being handed in to the Ferret Society in New South Wales because it had a lump on his nose. The lump had apparently been there for several months and once handed in, his carer noticed the ferret was lethargic and sneezing and coughing a lot.
The ferret was sent to the University Veterinary Centre in Sydney where the lump was successfully operated on.
After being on a fairly long course of itraconazole, the ferret recovered completely.
Some of the signs that your ferret might be suffering from cryptococcosis are …
- discharge from the nose
- shortness of breath due to inflammation of the membrane surrounding the lungs
- regional lymph node enlargement
You can read more on Cryptococcosis in Ferrets here …
Ferrets – Cryptococcosis by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, David Perpinan (VetStream)
Diagnosis and successful treatment of Cryptococcus neoformans variety grubii in a domestic ferret (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association – technical paper)
Diagnosis and successful treatment of Cryptococcus neoformans variety grubii in a domestic ferret (The Canadian Veterinary Journal)
Cryptococcus gattii infection in a Spanish pet ferret (Mustela putorius furo) and asymptomatic carriage in ferrets and humans from its environment (Oxford Journals)
(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.