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
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
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
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
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 --
long acting. To learn more about fleas
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
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
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
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
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!
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!