Pyometra in Ferrets


This is caused by an infection of the uterus which results in pus accumulating in that area. In fact, the name literally means “pus in the uterus” – from the Greek pyo – meaning ‘pus’ – and metra referring to the ‘uterus’.

Symptoms include:

Vaginal discharge
Loss of appetite

When Mash had a phantom pregnancy when we mated her the year after we got her and I noticed her lying listlessly in her hammock one morning. When I picked her up, she felt incredibly hot and was obviously not well.

We took her to the vet immediately and after an examination, he performed an emergency ovariohysterectomy (spay) on her.

Thank heavens everything went well and she recovered fully but if it had been ignored, the results would have been awful ?  The uterus could have ruptured, peritonitis could have set in and the results would most likely have been fatal ?




More information about Pyometra in Ferrets can be found on the following sites …

New medical treatment for pyometra in the breeding jill (AFA)

Pyometra (Veterinary Clinics: Exotic Animal Practice)

Uterine Infection and Pus in Ferrets (

Pyometra and Stump Pyometra in Ferrets (PetMD)

Pyometra and Vaginitis/Vulvar Cellulitis  (Go Pets America) [Scroll down]



THere’s a pdf by the American Ferret Association called “New medical treatment for pyometra in the breeding jill”, which you can download HERE.



(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 “Pyometra in Ferrets”

  1. Thanks so much for the correction, Mary Ellen! I’ve made the necessary changes to the sentence ?

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