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Abscesses are one of the most common and difficult clinical problems in rabbits.
A rat's lifespan is only 18-48 months so ageing changes and natural fatal conditions such as tumours are fairly common.
It has always been customary for vets to recommend surgical neutering of ferrets. Unfortunately, it is now clear that this has been a major factor in the large increase in cases of adrenal gland disease.
The main skin diseases in ferrets are associated with parasites - fleas, mites and ticks - with bacterial skin disease and tumours such as mast cell tumours.
Should small mammals be neutered? Aside from birth control, there may be other issues at play.
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