Ferret Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Why Should I Bring My Ferret To A Veterinarian?

A: Ferrets have the ability to hide their illness well and it is often too late by the time symptoms of illness are visible. Your veterinarian will teach you how to prevent illness, and how to take care of your ferret so that you can maintain a long, happy and healthy relationship with your ferret.

Q: What Can A Veterinarian Do For My Ferret If He/She Is Healthy?

A: An experienced exotic animal veterinarian should examine your ferret for any abnormalities, monitor its weight and growth, check for intestinal or external parasites and be sure that you are aware of the proper diet and care for your individual ferret.

Q: Does My Ferret Need To Get Any Vaccines?

A: Ferrets actually should receive vaccines just like a puppy or kitten. They need a series of Distemper vaccines and a Rabies vaccine as a baby. These vaccines should then be continued yearly as adults.


Q: Why Does My Veterinarian Want A Fecal Sample From My Ferret?

A: Ferrets, especially baby ferrets can get intestinal parasites and should be tested by your veterinarian. A fresh sample should be brought in when your ferret visits the veterinarian.

Q: What Is Heartworm Disease And Can My Ferret Develop This?

A: Heartworm disease is a parasite that infects the heart. It is spread via mosquitoes so even though ferrets are kept indoors, they too are at risk. Ferrets should also be tested for heartworm disease and placed on appropriate heartworm preventative.

Q: Do I Need To Worry About My Ferret's Teeth? 

A: Ferrets can also develop dental tartar that can lead to further dental disease as well as systemic illness. Brushing your ferret's teeth will help prevent this. Once tartar has adhered to your ferret's teeth your veterinarian can recommend when it is the best time to have your ferret's teeth cleaned.

Q: Why Should My Veterinarian Trim My Ferrets Nails?

A: Overgrown nails can become uncomfortable for your ferret and can lead to injury if one of those nails should get caught on something or breaks. Regular trips to your veterinarian for nail trims will help prevent this.

Q: Can I Prevent My Ferret From Getting Disease?

A: Many diseases can be prevented with a good diet and proper environment, but most disease can benefit by early detection.