FERRETS are susceptible to a wide range of diseases and their appearance in the consulting room may, at first sight, cause some alarm to the general practitioner. However, the principles of examination, diagnosis and treatment are the same as for the more familiar species, and can be just as successful. This article describes the approach to handling and clinical examination of ferrets and outlines how routine procedures may be carried out. An article in the next issue will discuss the diagnosis and management of the common clinical conditions of ferrets likely to be encountered in practice.
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