I took one of my boys to the vet today as he felt like he had an enlargement in his abdomen. He had blood work done, an xray and ultrasound. It turns out his liver is enlarged. There were no signs of any enlarged lymphnodes, other effected organs, tumors, etc. His bloodwork came back mostly normal besides his bilirubin levels being a little high (.3).
Unfortunately we received no answers beyond that as the vet isn't sure what has caused the enlargement, so we are simply monitoring the situation and we're advised to bring him back for another check up in 6 months.
I don't expect anyone to diagnose, but if you have any speculation based on similar personal experiences or knowledge on this topic it would be greatly appreciated.
I'd like to understand what the possibilities are that aren't the absolute worst case scenario as I have had to euthanize two others in the last year due to aggressive cancers/diseases. This guy is my oldest (5 yrs) and the first I ever brought home, so I'm especially attached and concerned and just want to be as proactive as possible.
Since ferrets are very similar to cats and their diet and digestive systems are very alike, their livers work the same way since it's part of their digestive system. You can narrow down the causes based on what you know your ferret's been doing and then you can research those topics to see which one is most likely your ferret's problem.