Liver Cancer in Ferrets


Some of the symptoms are:

Weight Loss
Decrease in appetite
Distended abdomen
Yellowish tinge to eyes
Yellowish gums

But some ferrets with liver cancer don’t show any of the above symptoms.

If your ferret shows any signs of not being itself, take it to the vet to be checked.

Most times they will do exploratory surgery, as it’s better than an ultrasound for determining what’s wrong.


More information about liver cancer in ferrets can be found here (but be warned, the photos are pretty gruesome!)…

Ferret Liver Cancer by LBAH

Enlarged Liver in Ferrets (PetMD)

Enlarged Liver in Ferrets (

Ferret Diseases, Part 3: Liver Cancer by Carl Palazzolo, DVM



(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.

2 thoughts on “Liver Cancer in Ferrets”

  1. Can a person feel the liver of a healthy ferret by palpitation? If I press deep just under the rib cage I can feel a small bump . Is this normal to feel in ferrets?

  2. Oh Scott – I honestly can’t tell you if his bump is normal or not as I’ve never palpitated my ferrets ?
    As you’re concerned, please take it to a ferret vet to be checked out. They’re trained to know if a bump isn’t supposed to be there and hopefully you’ll find out that your ferret hasn’t got a tumour so won’t be anxious! ?
    Good luck!

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