Urethral Obstruction in the Ferret

Key Points

  • Urethral obstruction is an important reason for emergency presentation of the male ferret.
  • Clinical signs of urethral obstruction may include stranguria, dysuria, pollakiuria, urine dribbling, urine scald, frequent licking of the prepuce, and hematuria.
  • Owners often misinterpret the straining observed as an intestinal problem, and present their pet for constipation.

Although the overall incidence of urethral obstruction is probably low, this condition is an important reason for emergency presentation of the male ferret. n the United States, urethral obstruction is most frequently caused by . . .


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