Jose Biascoechea, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Jose Biascoechea is board-certified in avian medicine and surgery. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he proceeded with his graduate studies in Kansas State University and maintained a mobile veterinary practice for seven years before founding Birds and Exotics Animal Care in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina since July 2000…

Article  Presenting Problem 

Presenting problem: Pallor and Anemia in the Ferret

Although the medical approach to anemia is the same as in dogs & cats, some red cell parameters and some differentials differ in the ferret.

The ferret with moderate to severe anemia will exhibit pallor of the mucous membranes, nasal planum and skin. If a clotting disorder exists, petechial, ecchymotic and purpural hemorrhages can also be observed. The owner may complain of lethargy and reduced activity.