How to Keep Your Ferret Healthy

Watching your pet suffer from an illness can be one of the most distressing and emotionally daunting experiences in your life.  While ferrets make great companions, they, like all pets are prone to develop health problems as they age, especially if they are not cared for properly. Here are a couple of things that will keep your pet healthy and happy for years to come:

Feed Your Pet a Healthy Diet

For good health, it is imperative you feed your pet a healthy diet, packed high with proteins and low on carbohydrates.  Avoid feeding your pet sugary treats that are loaded with carbohydrates and opt for healthier treats instead. Sticky and soft foods rich in carbohydrates will not only increase the risks of periodontal diseases, but will also result in weight gain and other health problems.

Bathe your Ferret Once a Month

Ferrets have a distinct musky scent that compels their owners to give them a bath more frequently. However, giving your pet a bath on a daily basis can strip its coat off of its natural oils, resulting in a flaky, dry appearance. Bathe your ferret once a month unless your pet has gotten into something dirty and needs to be cleaned immediately.  For better hygiene, change your pet’s bedding after every few days and clean its litter box and cage daily.

Invest in Pet Toys

Ferrets are intelligent animals and thus require mental and physical stimulation to stay healthy and happy. Purchase a variety of pet toys that will keep it busy. A bored ferret will unhappily mop around the house if it has nothing to do.  If you do not provide your pet toys to play with, they may resort to using household items such as your shoes and socks to keep themselves entertained.

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Devote Time to Your Pets

Like other pets, ferrets crave the attention of their owners. Humans are the best pals that ferrets can have. So try your best to devote sufficient amount of time to your pet. Playtime can include teaching your pet different tricks or simply playing with a ball, as long as you spend time together, your ferret will be happy and healthy.

Trips to the Vet

Take your little furry friend to the vet for their annual check-up and vaccinations. Lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea are all signs of an illness hence take your pet to the vet immediately so that the illness can be diagnosed and treated before the symptoms get worse. Ferrets have a tendency to get ill when they are not cared for properly, which means it is important to keep an eye on your pet’s health and be watchful of signs and symptoms of serious health conditions.

Keep a check on your pet’s physical and emotional health by inspecting their ears, teeth and fur on a regularly basis. Additionally, do not be afraid to ask for the help of a professional if you have any questions. Your vet may recommend a few supplements or dietary changes that will positively impact your cute little pal’s overall health.

Provide a Comfortable Atmosphere

It is imperative you provide your pet a comfortable environment to live in. Apart from cleaning your pet’s cage on a daily basis, pay attention to the overall temperature of the room it sleeps and plays in. Ferrets thrive best in cool temperatures. Place your ferret’s cage away from direct sun light and from cold drafts.  If  its cage has to be put by the window, use a towel to block away sunlight. Additionally, if the cage is placed in a drafty area, cover the sides with a small blanket to block the drafts.

Trim Their Nails

Like other pets, it is imperative you trim your ferret’s nails if they do not wear down themselves. If you are beginner, your vet will demonstrate how to use a nail clipper safely and will recommend you equipment that is suitable for trimming the nails of small animals. Never use human nail clipper on your pets as it increases the chances of injuries.  While most pet owners are reluctant to trim their pet’s nails, rest assured you will eventually become a pro at it with patience and practice.

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Follow these guidelines to ensure your ferret lives a healthy and happy live. Good luck!

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