Ferrets

Health

Ferrets should be neutered, unless you plan to breed from them. Talk to your vet if you are unsure about neutering your ferret. Ferrets should also be vaccinated against canine distemper. Ferrets are vulnerable to many infectious diseases, for more information, please talk to your vet. Ferrets are also susceptible to a number of other health issues.

Quick Tip

Ferrets are curious little things that can be drawn to places and things you might not expect so make sure your house is thoroughly ‘ferret-proofed’.

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Ear wax and ear mites

Signs to look out for;

  • Dirty, waxy ears
  • Scratching around the head or ears
  • Shaking of the head

You will need to take your ferret to the vet for treatment of ear mites

Dehydration

Ferrets can become dehydrated very quickly so you must give them access to plenty of water. Bowls are preferable to bottles and lookout for your ferrets getting into the water to keep cool. This could be a sign they are dehydrated

Signs to look out for;

  • Lethargy
  • Pale appearance
  • Stiff skin

If you suspect that your ferret is dehydrated, encourage it to drink some water and then take it to the vet to be checked over.

Did you know?

On average a ferret can live from about 6 to 8 years but some have been known to live as long as 11-12 years.

Did you know?

Ferrets are very easy to train!

Hair loss

A lot of ferrets lose some of their tail hair when reaching middle age. Hair loss is generally nothing to worry about. However is it persists or spreads it could be a sign of adredal disease. If you are in any doubt, please consult your vet.

Diarrhoea

A serious issue in ferrets is diarrhoea. It can be fatal in ferrets so ensure you are following a strict hygiene regime to help to prevent it and ensure they are drinking plenty of water.

If your ferret is producing green or black diarrhoea you must take them to the vet straight away. This is a sign of possible Green Slime Virus which is very serious and potentially fatal. It is also highly contagious.

If your ferret has been suffering with diarrhoea, ensure that they are drinking plenty of water as they may be dehydrated.

Quick Tip

It's important to house your ferret at the right temperature, heat is usually more of a concern than cold. Ferrets are prone to heat stroke and can't tolerate temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Have a question?

If you have a question, please email us or call us on 0800 413 969. Our dedicated consumer care team are available to answer any questions you may have. If you are concerned about the immediate health of your pet, please seek the advice of your vet as soon as possible.

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