Being alert too symptoms of sickness enables you to get treatment faster.
We will be looking at the most prevalent ferret diseases and what might happen if your ferret does get sick. Of course if you notice anything unusual seek advice from your Vet as soon as possible.
Let’s take a look at some common ferret diseases and there related symptoms…
Ferret Disease 1 – Epizootic catarrhal enteritis (bit of a mouthful) This is a viral disease that’s particularly common in North America. Common indicators: Little energy, greenish excrement, having no appetite.
Ferret Disease 2 – Diseases of the endocrine system Often caused by a tumor that is affecting the adrenal gland. Common symptoms: Being sick and diarrhea, drop in body mass, Black stools.
Ferret Disease 3 – Digestive system problems Ferret diseases of the digestive tract can often come from improper feeding. Using a good nutrition and dieting strategy will significantly help your ferret avoid digestive difficulties. More guidance on ferret nutrition is available here: Diet for ferrets Common symptoms: Looking dazed and salivating more, seeming weak, lack of responsiveness, struggles to pass urine (esp. Males)
Ferret Disease 4 – Lymphoma This is a cancer in organs such as bone marrow, lymph nodes, liver and spleen. Common symptoms: Swellings, weight loss, weak legged
Ferret Disease 5 – Parasites This will usually occur in two different ways. This can be either inside or outside, such as Heartworm or mites. Common symptoms: Scratching ears, ears containing brown residue, seeing ticks or mites on your ferret, diarrhea, Mucus stools
If you see any of the above symptoms, or any unusual symptoms for that matter, it’s important to get your Vet’s advice as soon as possible.
And after that? A vet will check your ferret and try to find out what’s wrong.
Common ways of diagnosing ferret diseases
Many of the ways commonly used to diagnose ferret health problems are the same as those used with humans. Your animal health specialist has a number of ways to diagnose, such as testing bodily fluids, using X Ray scanners, and ultrasound machines, as well doing a hands-on check-up. If your ferret turns out to be sick then your Vet will inform you of the recommended treatment
Common types of treatment for ferret diseases
If you do have a sick ferret your Vet may use a number of interventions to help them. These include using medication, surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, or good old rest and heal approaches.
Some ferret diseases are more common than others. Being early to spot signs of illness is crucial, you should then be able to take action in the way so your ferret get’s good help. Ferret Care and great ferret dieting is an absolute must when it comes to long-term ferret health