Because ferrets love running around and sticking their noses in everything you need to protect them from physical harm. They’re accident-prone. The same goes for illnesses. Unfortunately, ferrets do have a high rate of catching something serious within their lives and cancer is one of them, but with proper precautions you can help prevent a ferret disease.

Here are some common illnesses:

The common flu. Ferrets can catch the flu from anyone who has it. Ferrets who get infected usually have it for a week. Take him to the vet for precautionary measures and just like humans, give him plenty of rest and water.

Canine distemper is fatal. Vaccinations are highly recommended. Some symptoms include swollen facial features and diarrhea. There is no cure for this disease and should be prevented by vaccinations.

Adrenal disease have been making the news lately and is still somewhat of a mystery. Symptoms include large adrenal glands and hair loss. Catching this disease early is the best option and the chances of recovery are good.

Although intestinal blocking is not a disease, it’s a common problem. Ferrets have a bad habit of swallowing things that they shouldn’t swallow. Common objects include Styrofoam, rubber, and small toys.

Many ferret illnesses have the same symptoms, which include, lethargy, lack of appetite, bald spots, and weight loss. If you experience any of these, take your ferret to a veterinarian immediately. Trusting your gut is another a huge preventive measure. Ferrets are feisty and curious individuals. They sleep hard and play hard. If you notice anything different in their personalities, odds are that something is wrong. Do not ignore any symptoms or your instinct, a perfect ferret is suppose to live up to 12 years of age but most don’t make it past 7. It’s an awful stat, but it’s the hard truth.

Proper vaccinations and spaying or neutering is a must. Proper hygiene and mental stimulation are good precautions owners can take for themselves.

Your ferret’s cage should be clean – really clean. They use the toilet everyday and can make a mess. On a daily basis you should be emptying out the litter box and providing fresh food and water. Wiping down cages and washing beddings weekly is a must also.

Ferrets can get down and dirty so check his teeth, ears and claws. Ferrets are susceptible to tooth decay and ear wax. You should clean his ears once a month and look for ticks. Ears should be odorless.

Don’t spoil your ferret with snacks and food. Nothing worse than an obese ferret. Ferrets have difficulty digesting foods not based from proteins and fats.

Younger ferrets need a good round of canine distemper shots while older ferrets need an annual rabies vaccination. As ferrets get older, I would recommend a veterinary checkup twice a year.

Even if a ferret is sick, you might not notice. They have such positive personalities that they can give off the aura that nothing is wrong. This goes to say that ferrets need mental stimulation for their overall health. A ferret caged up all day is a sick ferret. As a responsible owner, you should have some playtime set aside everyday for your pet. It’s easy and plus, it’s fun.

Brian Levin is a 19 year ferret pro and enjoys teaching others on caring for these fascinating animals. Known for his fun and controversial teaching style, Brian has converted hundreds of people into ferret owners. For even more ferret disease info, visit Ferret Care Super Secrets.

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