Prolapsed Rectum in Ferrets

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The opinion of vets is that prolapse rectum happens when very young ferrets are put on a hard kibble diet too soon :(

Some ferrets with diarrhea will strain until the soft pink lining of the rectum gets pushed through the anal opening. This tends to happen mostly with young ferrets suffering from proliferative colitis and you should take your ferret to the vet immediately.

A prolapsed rectum which occurs without diarrhea is not something to worry about, unless the ferret starts chewing the prolapse.

It will usually disappear within a day or two but if you’re concerned, please take your fuzzball to the vet.

This advice is from Miami Ferret

“When there is nothing firm for the colon to push against (such as firm stool), the rectum may be pushed out. If the ferret checks out medically, then treat symptomatically by applying a cream of Preparation H and 0.5% cortisone three times daily and after every bowel movement. One vet recommends Anusol HC-1. It combines the cortisone into the meds. In severe, recurring cases, a purse string suture may be needed.”



More information about Prolapsed Rectum in Ferrets can be found on the following sites …

Prolapsed Rectum by Judith A Bell, DVM, PhD

Photo of a kit with a prolapsed rectum (Miami Ferret)

Protrusion of the Rectum and Anus in Ferrets (PetMD)

Why Ferrets Get Red Behinds by Rene C Gandolfi, DVM, DABVP (

(Last updated October 2015)

DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this page is not meant to replace seeing a veterinarian if you think your ferret is ill. It’s only meant to supply general information on a particular illness which was obtained either from personal experience with my sick ferrets, or from books and/or the Internet.


Prolapsed Rectum in Ferrets — 2 Comments

  1. My ferrets butt is really swollan and red. Almost looks inside out. He crys almost while using the bathroom and I’ve noticed he’ll sometimes push and nothing comes. He strains and I can tell he is in pai . What can I do to help him or any ointments I can put on his rear end? Trying to avoid the vet if possible I need help fast

  2. Alexis, I really think you need to take your baby to the vet because things will only get worse for him if you leave it. This is what PetMD say about treatment ….
    If your ferret has a concurrent bacterial or viral infection, or a parasitic infestation, your veterinarian will need to treat it first with an appropriate antibiotic or anti-parasitic drug. Once the underlying cause of the prolapse has been identified and treated, your veterinarian will first need to decrease the swelling and return the displaced tissue to its proper location inside the ferret’s anus.
    Only the vet will be able to diagnose what the cause of your ferret’s prolapsed rectum.
    For your ferret’s sake, PLEASE don’t avoid the vet :(

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