Temperature Fluctuations In A Ferret’S Life
The ferret is the smallest and most predatory representative of the marten family. If you got yourself a pet like this, you should know about its features in grooming. In most cases, breeders who first purchased a pet face a lot of difficulties. By purchasing a ferret, you can get a bunch of problems at the same time. A ferret, in the absence of proper care, can become ill, but the disease in this pet can also be false. These false symptoms of the disease include temperature.
Ferret fever is not always a sign of illness
Temperature changes in the body of a ferret
A ferret is not an ordinary pet. It becomes clear from the first minute that the animal has crossed the threshold of your home. Unlike a cat or dog, the temperature of the animal is not determined by external indicators. If you are used to the fact that your dog has a dry nose and this is a sign of temperature. This ferret situation does not work. The animal can feel great with a wet and dry nose. Most often, the owners pay attention to the fact that something is wrong with the pet when they feel the animal’s very hot breath.
The fact is that the normal temperature of a ferret ranges from 37 to 39.5 degrees. Any veterinarian can confirm this information with you. The ferret’s high body temperature is due to its activity. The animal is much more mobile than humans and is in constant motion, which explains its high temperature. If you are worried about the condition of your pet, or if you are worried that he has a fever, you can take the measurement yourself.
Temperatures up to 39.5 degrees are normal for a ferret
How to measure the temperature of a ferret?
Many owners who first encountered the issue of measuring the temperature of a ferret do not know what to do. Everything is very simple, you can do the following:
- If you notice disturbing signs or it seems to you that the ferret’s body temperature is high, take the animal to the veterinarian. An experienced doctor will be able to easily measure body temperature and, if there are health problems, will prescribe the appropriate treatment.
- Measure the body temperature of the pet yourself. Temperature is measured rectally. For this, the tip of a conventional thermometer is introduced into the anus of the animal by 1.5 centimeters and wait about a couple of minutes. During this time, you will see the desired result. If the temperature is normal, then you should not do anything and your suspicions are false. If the indicator is above the upper limit of the norm, then it should be brought down to the usual one and seek help from a specialist.
The electronic thermometer is very convenient for measuring the body temperature of a ferret
What to do if a ferret has a high fever
First of all, do not panic. In order to provide first aid to a pet at a high temperature, you should:
- Provide your pet access to clean and boiled water. High temperatures cause dehydration and death, so access to water will help your pet survive the period before coming to the doctor.
- Human medicines are suitable for lowering the animal’s body temperature, but they should be given with caution. If you want to help your pet, rather than harm it, give him half an aspirin tablet dissolved in water. This will help to reduce the degree for a short while and you can get to the specialist.
- Try to feed your pet as much as possible. Fruits and vegetables should be part of the food. Make porridge from plant foods mixed with its usual diet.
- Reassure the pet. Despite everything, it is possible to increase the animal’s immunity with the help of affection. This beast is very sensitive and fragile, it needs your support.
A sick pet needs to be picked up and reassured
If the ferret has a low temperature
Low indicators on a thermometer can indicate many factors, including:
- The presence of dehydration. If dehydration and anemia are caused by factors of malfunctioning of the animal’s body.
- Diseases of a serious nature. Adrenal gland disease causes inflammation and the formation of tumors in the ferret, but lowers the degree of the body.
- Blood loss of a large nature can provoke a decrease in indicators below 37 degrees.
Regardless of what values you see on the thermometer (above the norm or below), you should seek the help of a specialist. If you are concerned about any reason for the deterioration of the pet’s life condition and changes in its behavior, you should carefully consider this. Not always a lethargic condition is the cause of the disease, your pet may have the wrong diet.
But for whatever reason you are not worried, you should contact your veterinarian for help. The doctor will prescribe an examination and prescribe the necessary treatment so that your pet is healthy.