Dr Huynh's present address is Exotic Department, Centre Hospitalier Vétérinaire Frégis, 43 Avenue Aristide Briand, 94110 Arcueil, France
Gall bladder rupture associated with cholecystitis in a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius)
Version of Record online: 30 APR 2014
© 2014 British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Journal of Small Animal Practice
Volume 55, Issue 9, pages 479–482, September 2014
How to Cite
Huynh, M., Guillaumot, P., Hernandez, J. and Ragetly, G. (2014), Gall bladder rupture associated with cholecystitis in a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius). Journal of Small Animal Practice, 55: 479–482. doi: 10.1111/jsap.12230
Presented in abstract form at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association of the Avian Veterinarian, August 2011, Seattle, WA, USA.
- Issue online: 29 AUG 2014
- Version of Record online: 30 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 11 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Received: 18 APR 2013
A six-year-old neutered female albino ferret was presented with an acute episode of lethargy and anorexia. Clinical examination revealed marked cranial abdominal pain. A severe neutrophilic leukocytosis was present. Abdominal ultrasound was consistent with a diffuse peritonitis and severe bile duct inflammation. Cytology of the abdominal effusion revealed bile peritonitis. An exploratory laparotomy was performed and the gall bladder appeared inflamed with multiple perforations. A cholecystectomy was performed. The ferret recovered without complication. Bacteriological culture of the bile and gall bladder yielded a pure growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Histopathological analysis of the gall bladder and liver was consistent with a marked cholecystitis and cholangiohepatitis. On the basis of sensitivity testing, the ferret was treated with marbofloxacin for one month. No complications or reoccurrence were seen up to 1 year after the diagnosis. To the author's knowledge, this is the first report of bile peritonitis secondary to gall bladder rupture in a ferret.