Ferrets are able to stoically endure pain over time. Therefore, it is very important that you constantly monitor the health status of your pet.
A healthy ferret should have clean coat, clear eyes and good appetite. You should regularly inspect your pet regularly, as ferrets are susceptible to a number of diseases, including human colds and flu. If you are concerned about the health of your ferret, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible. Keep in mind that diseases in ferrets develop very quickly.
Protect the house properly so that your pet does not run away and does not climb into dangerous places, such as the back of the refrigerator or dishwasher. If you take a ferret for a walk with a leash and a collar, beware of dogs, not all dogs are ferret friendly. Especially should be wary of representatives of small breeds. When you see the dog, take the ferret in your hands and hide it under a jacket or vest. There are cases when dogs snatched ferrets directly from the owner’s hands.
Ferret parasites and fleas
If your ferret is itching more than usual, you should examine it for fleas. To do this, gently blow against the coat of a ferret and look for black dots. If they are, take the ferret to the veterinarian for advice on a flea remedy. Do not use dog products: they can harm your ferret.
Ferrets often have fleas, but getting rid of them is quite simple.
Ferret cones and growths
At least once a month, the ferret’s head, trunk and legs should be examined for tumors and inflammation. Take the ferret under the front legs, and put the hind legs on your lap or on the table. Carefully walk your hands over the body of the animal. It also helps to check muscle tone and weight. Your pet’s body should be strong, resilient and flexible, not weak, flabby and thin.
If you find bumps or growths, take the ferret to the veterinarian for further examination.
Check your ferret’s ears regularly. A small amount of wax protects them from infection, but if there is too much wax, bacteria can get in it. To clean your ears, drip a little special oil into them, leave it for a while, and then gently wipe the outside of the ear with a damp cotton swab. If dark wax and black dots appear in your ears, take the ferret to the veterinarian to check if he has an ear tick.
Check your ferret’s ears regularly for an ear mite. It can cause serious harm to your pet.
Your ferret has to dig a lot, so that the claws constantly grind, not outgrow and not harm him. Claw lengths should be checked every two to three weeks, cutting them as necessary, ask someone to hold a ferret or drip a fortified supplement on your stomach to distract it, and trim the claw so as not to damage the blood vessel.
You can use scissors and other special tools to trim the claws. It is important that you exercise maximum caution.
Cleanliness is the key to health
From time to time, your ferret will get dirty, but this does not mean that you should immediately bathe it. Ferrets do not favor water procedures too much. In addition, too frequent washing will dry your pet’s skin and make it smell stronger. The fact is that water washes natural oils from the wool, and the glands of the ferret have to work in an intensive mode to restore them.
During cleaning, you can check the condition of the skin and coat. But do not forget that ferrets do not need to be cleaned too often. If your ferret has a calm temperament, you can clean it regularly to help keep your coat in order.