Ferrets can be quite vulnerable to diseases, which is one of the reasons why it’s so important to get the support of a good vet, when you get your ferret. Because they’ve been selectively bred, over thousands of years, it’s likely that they’ve become less resistant to disease.
Other factors that contribute to the vulnerability of ferrets, to disease, include their diet, their conditions and the amount of exercise and activity they get. In many ways, their needs are similar to that you or me.
So, if you want to keep a healthy pet, which is the aim of every responsible ferret owner, you’ll need to watch out for the illnesses that can affect the animal. We’ll take a very brief look at some of the conditions that affect ferrets, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Consult a vet immediately, if you have health concerns with your pet.
Rabies & Distemper
These are both viruses that affect ferrets. You should make sure that your ferret is immunized against them. If you protect your pet from these diseases, there should be no reason for you to have to deal with these very serious viruses, with your ferret.
It’s important that any booster shots required are maintained on a regular basis too. So, it’s important that you discuss this with your vet and get a program of boosters in place, if required. Different immunization shots work in different ways, with different timescales.
When your ferret has shots, you and the vet will need to watch out for adverse reactions, which ferrets can sometimes suffer, immediately after receiving an immunization shot.
Ferrets & Tumors
There are a number of cancers and tumors which can affect ferrets. These include Insulinoma, which is a cancer of the pancreas and Lymphosorcoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. While these types of conditions tend to affect older ferrets, they can also affect ferrets at any time.
It’s pretty important to make sure your ferret has the correct diet, as recent developments suggest that the food a ferret eats may be linked to causing these cancers.
This is a relatively common ferret illness, also known by its scientific name of Epizootic Catarrhal Eneritis. It’s an infection which causes diarrhea and infection of the intestine. The key thing to note, when dealing with green slime, is the fact that it’s incredibly contagious, between ferrets.
For that reason, you will need to make sure any ferret suffering from green slime goes into quarantine, to prevent the spread of the disease. This is a reason why you should be careful when allowing your ferret tot mix with other ferrets, in general.