5 Common Ferret Health Problems


Ill-health isn’t something any ferret owner wants. Paying attention to any signs of poor health means you can take action to prevent it from worsening.

So today we’re going to look at a few things to watch out for and what will likely happen if your ferret ever gets sick. If you become aware of something unusual in ferrets mood or bodily functions it’s always best to have your animal health professional check things out. For further information you can click here… Ferret guide

Let’s take a look at some common ferret diseases and there related symptoms…

Ferret Disease 1 – Epizootic catarrhal enteritis (bit of a mouthful)

This is a viral disease that’s particularly common in North America. Common signs: Green coloured poop, un-energetic, not being hungry, clear, liquidy sick.

Ferret Disease 2 - Diseases of the endocrine system

Often caused by a tumor that is affecting the adrenal gland. Common symptoms: Vomit and diarrhea, weight loss, unusual stools.

Ferret Disease 3 – Digestive system problems

Ferret diseases of the digestive tract can often come from improper feeding. Using a good nutrition and dieting strategy will significantely help your ferret avoid digestive difficulties. You can find some great ferret diet guidelines: Diet for ferrets Common symptoms: Having a glazed look in their eye, seeming weaker than usual, not responding to you like normal, trouble passing water (esp. Males)

Ferret Disease 4 – Lymphoma

This is a cancer in organs such as bone marrow, lymph nodes, liver and spleen. Common symptoms: Swellings, weight loss, weak legged

Ferret Disease 5 – Parasites

This will usually occur in two different ways. It will either be an internal form (such as Heartworms) or external form (such as Fleas and Ticks). Common symptoms: Scratching ears, ears containing brown residue, seeing ticks or mites on your ferret, diarrhea, Mucus stools

If you see any of the above symptoms, or any unusual symptoms for that matter, it’s important to get your Vet’s advice as soon as possible.

What happens then? A vet will check your ferret and try to find out what’s wrong.

Common ways of diagnosing ferret diseases

Many of the ways commonly used to diagnose ferret health problems are the same as those used with humans. Your animal health specialist has a number of ways to diagnose, such as testing bodily fluids, using X Ray scanners, and ultrasound machines, as well doing a hands-on check-up.

If your ferret turns out to be sick then your Vet will inform you of the recommended treatment

Common types of treatment for ferret diseases

If you do have a sick ferret your Vet may use a number of interventions to help them. These include using medication, surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, or good old rest and heal approaches.

Some ferret diseases are more common than others. Being early to spot signs of illness is crucial, you should then be able to take action in the way so your ferret get’s good help. Keeping to the rules of good ferret nutrition and care is very important in preventing ferret ill-health.  More information on the best ways to look after your ferret can be found here… Ferret training-Ferret Training how to

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