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My ferret was found two weeks ago. She had severe bruising

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My ferret was found two weeks ago. She had severe bruising on her abdomen and back. She has a hard knot on her spleen the doctor said it could be from trauma. Should I worry and do something or keep an eye on it
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How did her vet diagnose the knot? Was it on palpation alone or did they ultrasound?

Was the knot noted to have any fluid or hollow inside to it?

Has the bruising all healed?

Does your lass have pink gums? Normal activity?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She made the diagnosis by palpating only. Her gums are pink and she is active I don't believe there is fluid in there but can't be sure. The bruising is all healed. It feels like aa hard knot.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Now the difficulty here is that we cannot really assess the internal structures of the knot on palpation alone. And there is a risk that if this is a hematoma (a blood blister), it could rupture in the future and cause a serious bleed. Still, if she is otherwise well and we have no hints indicating further bleeds, it is reasonable to monitor here. But if we had any doubt or wanted to err on the side of caution, then a quick ultrasound would be able to tell you if this is totally solid (and thus likely a knot) or if there is any blood in the center that would then make it a risk for her and would make it something we'd need to think about removing surgically.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi Bretney,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. B.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

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