Ferrets are one of the coolest, cuddliest animals on the planet. We like to think they’ll always be healthy, but sometimes life throws us a curveball. A pet’s health can change when we least expect it, so it’s important to look for signs.
- He Won’t Eat
Does your ferret usually love raw egg snacks, but hasn’t so much as nibbled on them lately? Has he stopped eating altogether, leaving you worried and frustrated? Talk to the vet immediately, as your pet could be dealing with cancer, liver failure, or a variety of other problems.
- He Has Diarrhea
Diarrhea is sometimes a sign of a cold or even distemper.
- He Pants
Just like humans, ferrets can suffer from heat stroke. No matter what the time of year, give him access to plenty of refreshing water. If you see your ferret panting, wrap him in a cool, wet towel or piece of fabric (even a shirt works) and contact your vet.
- He Scratches Frequently
We all itch every now and then, but if your ferret is scratching himself a little too much, there might be a few fleas hiding in his fur. Before you run to the store and start using products, however, you should talk to your vet. You need to make sure he is getting the right treatment and dosage.
- He Sneezes, Coughs, or Has a Runny Nose
Colds are common in the world of ferrets. Just don’t try to treat the sickness yourself!
- They’re Losing Their Hair
Alopecia (aka hair loss) can be brought about by many things, including parasites, poor diet, adrenal disease, and bacterial infections. Again, your vet can help you with this. They’ll find the cause, so you can investigate treatment options.
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