This is the most common tumor of the ferret jaw and affects both the upper and lower jaws.
- Red gums
- Bad breath
- Tooth loss
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty eating dry food
If you suspect your ferret has this problem, take it to the vet immediately as early intervention is vital for your ferret’s survival.
Sadly I knew someone who had two ferrets and both contracted this cancer! Poor girl was shattered – bad enough that one of her ferrets got it but after she buried her boy, she noticed a lump on her girl’s face ? Both cancers were very fast-acting and there wasn’t much that the vet could do apart from trying to make them as comfortable as possible until they had to be put to sleep ?
More information about Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Ferrets can be found on the following sites …
Squamous cell carcinoma (VetBook)
Multicentric Squamous Cell Carcinoma In Situ Associated With Papillomavirus in a Ferret (Texas A&M University) (Technical paper)
Spontaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a Ferret (PDF) (Journal of Wildlife Diseases)
(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.