Splenomegaly in Ferrets


Splenomegaly, or an enlarged spleen, can be caused by a helicobacter infection or cancer, but most times vets don’t know why ferrets develop this condition.

Symptoms include:

Swollen abdomen
Poor appetite

Although enlarged spleens are quite common in ferrets, it’s wise to take your ferret to the vet to make sure that the cause is not due to something sinister happening.


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

Splenomegaly (Enlarged Spleen) in Ferrets (WagWalking.com)

Ferret Splenomegaly (Enlarged Spleen) FAQ (Ferret FAQ)

Enlarged Spleen in Ferrets (PetMD)

Enlargement of the Spleen in Ferrets (PetMD)

Splenomegaly – Ferret (VetStream)

Hypersplenism (VetBook)

Charlie’s operation pictures for Splenic Nodular Hyperplasia and Extramedullary Haemopoiesis (Graphic photos of Charlie the ferret’s spleen being removed)



(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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