Does My Ferret Need Dental Health Care??
By Christopher Stancel, DVM
- Just like dogs and cats ferrets develop tartar on their teeth. This tartar can lead to the development of gingivitis (inflamed gums) causing pain and discomfort. The gums can also recede, exposing the roots of teeth leading to early tooth decay, cavities and the lose of teeth early in life. Once teeth and gums become infected with bacteria, that bacteria can enter the blood stream and travel to such organs as the heart, liver and kidneys. This can lead to severe organ disease with potentially fatal results.
- This unwanted dental disease could be prevented in many ways. First, at home preventative care is a must. This can be done by providing the most optimal diet for your ferret; not only nutritionally, but also as a preventative for tartar build-up. Your individual pet's diet can be discussed in detail by one of our veterinarians. Another important way to prevent tartar buildup at home is by brushing your ferrets teeth on a regular basis. We brush our teeth on a daily basis to prevent tartar buildup and doing so for your pet is just as important.
- Each ferret develops tartar on his or her teeth on an individual basis. Regular exams by one of our qualified veterinarians will determine at what point your ferrets teeth need to be cleaned on a more professional basis. Once a certain level of tartar or even dental disease has developed, your ferret may need a full dental cleaning. This will involve your veterinarian using the same type of equipment that your own dentist uses on you. We ultrasonically clean the plaque and tartar off your pets teeth as well as polish their teeth to prevent further plaque from later attaching to areas that were scaled. This whole process is done under anesthesia so that your pet will get the best possible dental care while at our facility. All necessary steps will be taken to make sure your pet's health is acceptable enough to go under anesthesia first.