Salivary Cysts in Ferrets


Saliva can accumulate under the skin of a ferret’s jaw, at the corners of its mouth or near its eye. This condition is called a salivary mucocele, or cyst.

This happens when saliva collects in the salivary ducts, or leaks into the tissue in or near the mouth, producing a large quantity of fluid, which then develops into a cyst.

Some symptoms if your ferret has this problem …

Loss of appetite
Difficulty swallowing
Pawing at the face

Problems can arise if a cyst forms under the tongue, as it can hamper the ferret’s ability to eat and drink.

If you notice any swellings on your ferret, take it to the vet immediately, because if you wait until the swelling becomes too big, it could make it difficult for the vet to diagnose where the cyst is located.


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

Salivary Mucocele in Ferrets (

Ptyalism in Ferrets (PetMD) *Ptyalism is the excessive production of saliva.

Mucocoele – Ferret (VetBook)

Nonabdominal surgeries in ferrets (Proceedings) by R Avery Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVS (dvm360) (Scroll down to Salivary Mucoceles)



(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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