Warm Weather Tips for your Ferret
The days are getting longer and your ferret(s) is shedding his/her winter coat: - 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 you 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 â€œfeeling quite right.â€ If any of the above are seen, take your ferret to your vet. - Talk to your veterinarian regarding heartworm prevention. Yes, ferrets can get heartworms -- only 1 worm can cause death in a ferret. Even if your ferret(s) stays indoors, itâ€™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 (the 5-15 lb. cat size is recommended for ferrets - yes, Revolution was studied for the use in ferrets). Revolution is also used to control fleas and ear mites (possibly ticks). - Ivomec can also be used for heartworm treatment. Check with your vet for the correct 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 canâ€™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 -- stay away from them. A flea shampoo, then when dry, a spray can be used. Area treatments are available at your vet. Use one that contains Siphotrol â€“ itâ€™s long acting. If you take your ferrets for walks: - Check your harnesses and leads for breaks, tears, etc. Make sure the harness is on tight and that your ferret canâ€™t wiggle out. - When walking your ferret(s), check for lawn fertilizer signs. Fertilizer is deadly to ferrets. Wipe your ferretâ€™s paws off with a damp cloth after their walk. - Keep an eye out when walking for predatory birds, dogs, people. - Keep your vaccination records with you. Riding in the car: - Never let your ferret(s) run loose. It is 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 left unsecured. Holiday 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 â€“ donâ€™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 scratching 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 can be very harmful, if not deadly to ferrets!