These descriptions are not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but to supplement it or remind you of what you have been told by your vet.
If you have any other queries about your pet’s health, or find there’s a particular problem that is not listed, check the Vet FAQs. Of course, if your animal is unwell, take it to the vet. If you would like any more information, contact us and we’ll see if we can help.
If you have a female ferret that has not be spayed she will normally come on heat from approximately March until September. Hormone levels will remain high if she is not mated and this can lead to hair loss and bone marrow disease. The best way to prevent this is to neuter the ferret in its first year and before March.
Distemper is the most serious viral disease of ferrets and is almost always fatal. It is an infectious disease caught from dogs and other ferrets and the classic symptoms in a ferret are infection around the eyes, lips and between the back legs together with a mucous discharge from the nose, sneezing, coughing and a high temperature. A vaccine to prevent the disease is available. If you think your ferret has distemper, contact your vet immediately.
Ear mites, Otodectes cynotes, invade the ear canal where they cause irritation that results in a discharge from one or both ears. Symptoms include scratching ears and soreness at the base. If you think your ferret has ear mites take him to the vet immediately.
Ferrets are able to catch flu from humans and suffer from similar symptoms including fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, a runny nose and sneezing. As in people, it can last for approximately two weeks. To help avoid your pet from catching ‘flu, don’t handle him if you’ve got ‘flu yourself.
Ferrets can catch mange mites from your dog, cat or other ferrets. They are relatively common and symptoms include scratching, biting, hair loss and, in worse case scenario, seizures. If you think your ferret is suffering from mange, take him to the vet immediately.
There are several different species of mites that affect ferrets, they are commonly affected by the mange mite and, Otodectes cynotes, the ear mite. If you have any concerns, consult your vet. Treatments for mites are also available from pet store