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Warm Weather Care Tips

 

Days are getting longer and your ferret(s) is shedding his/her winter coat. Now is the time to:

  • Get out the cat laxative. Give a 1/4 inch ribbon daily until no fur is visible in bedding.

  • Get your ferret used to being brushed. It helps get rid of the winter coat while helping to bond with your ferret(s).

  • With longer days, your ferret(s) will also lose body weight. Some ferrets can lose up to 40% of their winter weight. This is not a concern unless other symptoms are visible, i.e., vomiting, lethargy, pawing at the mouth, just not "feeling quite right." If that 's the case, make an appointment for your ferret to see your vet.

  • Talk to your veterinarian regarding heartworm prevention. Yes, ferrets can get heartworms and only 1 worm can cause death in a ferret. Even if your ferret(s) stays indoors, it's best to put them on a preventative. You never know which mosquito carries the larvae and mosquitoes do get inside your home! 

    It is safe to use Revolution on ferrets (one tube of the 5-15 lb. cat size per ferret monthly). Revolution also kills ear mites, ticks and deworms.          

    Ivomec can also be used for heartworm treatment. Check with your vet for dosage.

  • Get ready for flea season. Yes, fleas are a problem in ferrets and can be deadly. If a very large infestation is present, it will cause anemia in your ferret(s). If Revolution is not used, Frontline is a good product for fleas. The most economical is the spray. Used once a month during flea season keeps fleas at bay.

    When ridding a household of fleas, you can't just treat the animal. The area where     the pet lives and the yard also needs to be treated. Please note, flea dips can be fatal to ferrets -- please don't use them. A flea shampoo, then when dry, a spray can be used. Area treatments are available at your vet. Use one that contains Siphotrol -- it's long acting. To learn more about fleas click here.

  • If you take your ferrets for walks:

    Check your harnesses and leads for breaks, tears, etc.                                

    When walking your ferret(s), check for lawn fertilizer signs, it's deadly to ferrets. If there is a sign in the grass, please keep your ferret from walking there.

    Keep an eye out when walking for predatory birds, also dogs and people. To be on the safe side, pick your ferret up when approaching a dog.

    Keep your vaccination records with you. Please rabies tag on your ferret's harness.

  • Riding in the car:

    Never let your ferret(s) run loose. It is very dangerous for not only your ferret(s), but you and your passengers.

    Keep your ferret(s) in a carrier when in the car. Strap the carrier in with a seatbelt. A carrier can be a deadly projectile if not secured properly.

  • Easter Festivities:

    Keep ferrets away from all candy, Easter baskets, etc. Sugar (even simple sugars are not good for ferrets).

  • Open doors, screens, and windows:

    Ferrets love the smell of spring -- don't let them have access to windows, doors, patio doors, even if they have screens. Many a ferret has ventured outside through closed windows and doors by finding a small hole in the screen, or for that matter, your ferret(s) can scratch or dig a hole in the screen!

  • Spring Cleaning:

    Keep ferrets in their cage when cleaning. A bucket of water (with cleaning solution) is a great toy for a ferret. Cleaning products contain toxic substances and are very harmful, if not deadly to ferrets!

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