7 Tips for Grooming Your Ferret

Unfortunately, feeding your pet a healthy diet and taking them to the vet every once in a while is not enough to keep them healthy and happy. Grooming is pertinent to their good health and hygiene. Bathing, brushing, ear cleaning and trimming nails are all important components of a successful grooming session. However, your little furry pet may not be all that happy about taking a bath or getting their nails trimmed. Here are some important tips that will help you groom your tiny friend:

The Secret to a Shiny Coat

Feeding your pet a healthy diet is the best way to guarantee a smooth and silky coat.  A meat based diet filled with tons of fats and amino acids is what your pet needs to keep its coat healthy and sleek. However, sometimes you may need a little extra help to maintain your pet’s coat, especially if it has been sick or if the air at home is too dry.  Consider buying a good conditioner that will help produce the extra oils his coat needs.  Apply the conditioner around 2-3 times a week, depending on the instructions. If your pet’s fur appears to be too dry even after using a conditioner then you must take him to the vet.

Stock up on Treats

Like other pets, ferrets may not enjoy their grooming session hence cheer them up by stocking up loads of treats. Instead of feeding your pet unhealthy sugary goods, feed them healthy treats such as raw pieces of meat and small amounts of scrambled eggs that are both nutritious and healthy.

Get a Tooth Brush

For healthy teeth and gums, avoid feeding your pet sticky and soft treats and opt for a more meat based diet. While scrapping your pet’s teeth and gums with your finger should be enough to get rid of most of the tartar, it is still important that you buy a special tooth brush for your pet. You can use a toothbrush designed for toddlers or cats. Clean your ferret’s teeth every day or at least a few times a week at best. Similar to other grooming procedures, your pet may resist at first, but rest assured if you remain persistent and patient; your pet will eventually accept tooth brushing as a part of its daily routine.

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Purchase a Mild Ear Cleaning Solution

Ferrets tend to have waxy ears hence pet owners must be equipped with the right tools to keep their pet’s ears clean and free from infection. Regular cleaning also encourages pet owners to inspect their ears every once in a while for signs of infections and disease. To clean your pet’s ear, purchase a mild ear cleaning solution, preferably recommended by your vet. Additionally, when using a cotton swab, only wipe the external part of the ear, never pushing the cotton inside the ear canal.

Be Prepared for Accidents

Nail clipping is the most dreaded grooming activity that most pet owners try to avoid. No matter how careful you are accidents happen. But avoid panicking as it may just aggravate the issue. Always keep a clean piece of cloth and some cornstarch so that you can stop the bleeding immediately, this may just help your pet feel more comfortable.

Avoid Giving your Furry Friend a Bath too Often

Ferrets have a musky scent that often tempts pet owners to bathe their pets on a frequent basis. The ferret’s unique scent is a result of the natural oils secreted by its skin. So, while giving your pet a bath may frequently may temporarily reduce the intensity of the scent, it will strip your pet’s coat of its natural oils, resulting in a dry and flaky appearance. Avoid bathing your pet too often as a bath may simply result in excess oil being produced.

Keep your Pet’s Litter Box Clean

Your pet’s litter box and cage should be kept clean, this will not only result in better health but will also keep your pet smelling fresh.

Follow these handy tips to keep your little furry friend spick and span. Also, consider having your pet groomed by a professional every once in a while for better results.

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