Bilateral capital physeal dysplasia in a ferret (Mustela putorius furo) treated with femoral head ostectomy

Swaffield, M and Hedley, J and Stapleton, N and Priestnall, S L and Suárez-Bonnet, A and Baldrey, V (2019) Bilateral capital physeal dysplasia in a ferret (Mustela putorius furo) treated with femoral head ostectomy. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.

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Abstract

A six-month-old male entire ferret presented for investigation of atraumatic bilateral pelvic limb lameness. Radiographic and subsequent histopathological assessment of the femoral heads following bilateral femoral head ostectomy was consistent with capital physeal dysplasia. At six-months postoperatively, pelvic limb function was deemed normal with no evidence of ongoing discomfort. This is the first report of capital physeal dysplasia in the ferret and femoral head ostectomy appears to be an appropriate intervention in the management of these patients.