Ferret Health Check: How to Know if Your Ferret is Ill

Responsible ferret parenting involves a regular ferret health check. This is so important because ferrets are susceptible to a lot of diseases even when you think that they are impossible to acquire them from being always at the comfort of your home. Not all ferret diseases are acquired outside of the house, sometimes these ferret diseases are related to your ferret’s hygiene, their lifestyle, and also from their genetic makeup.

Not all ferrets will show symptoms of a disease; sometimes the symptoms will appear late and could be hard to cure. Sometimes, the symptoms could be there but we just ignore them thinking that they are fine and these are just normal. Ferret health check done on a regular basis will allow us time for cure and prevention ad make our dear ferrets happy and live healthy.

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Ferret Health Symptoms to know if your ferret is ill?

Observing your ferrets to know if they are well or not is the only way to find out if their health is still in balance. If you see the following signs below, don’t hesitate to ask an expert’s opinion about it before things get to worse.

• Your ferrets cannot talk, but they can only create unusual sounds and body languages. When they are in pain or feeling ill, an obvious indicator of this is an unusual body movement. When you see that your ferret is dragging itself when going from one place to another, trembling, or have very restricted movement, these means your ferret is experiencing health problems. They will cry or moan when they feel pain moving their body or even when urinating.

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• Observe your ferret’s eyes, if they look dull and watery, bring your pet to a veterinarian

• Squinting and involuntary twitching of muscles on their forehead area is an indication of a health problem

• Reduced appetite could be the very first sign an illness. If you notice that your ferret is not eating the usual amount of food that it eats in a day, it probably feels something that makes it lose its appetite. Other eating disorders may include throwing up of food, difficulty of swallowing the food, and only eating soft foods. These signs require your immediate attention and a ferret health check from a ferret veterinarian.

• Ferrets stretch their body a lot of times and they also like curling up. Their inability to move their body normally when they stretch or curl up could be an indication of pain or illness.

• Observe your ferret’s coat texture and appearance. If the hair is too dry and rough and some bald patches are appearing, it may be a sign of a health problem. Moreover, excessive scratching and licking and the inability to groom itself is also an indication of health problem.

• An illness or body pains put stress on a ferret. When ferrets are stressed their behavior is affected. They could show signs of aggression, biting, scratching, and attacking when they are touched. Most of the time they will hide from human and seek comfort by being alone and will just stay in one corner of their cage. They become more protective of themselves will escape from their humans who handle them.

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If any of these indications are present on your ferret, it is important that you attend to them immediately before things get worse. A ferret veterinarian is the one who knows what kind of medicine to give them and what kind of care they need. Remember that some ferret diseases can be curable but some are not particularly if the symptoms appear late and the disease becomes worse. Prevention could still be the best cure and this can only be achieved through proper ferret diet, regular exercise and healthy lifestyle.

Keep in mind that the average lifespan of your ferret is just around 8 years. That is just too short if you come to think about it. You may want to spend their 8 years being healthy and happy. If they are doing good and healthy in their life, they could even extend another year or so from their lifespan and you will get to enjoy them more as your companion pet.

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