Last Modified on Sep 27, 2014
Ferrets are increasinly popular pets, and their adorable appearance and antics easily explain why there are so many ferret owners these days. However, the amount of information about natural home remedies for ferrets is not as extensive. Like any other pet, ferrets need the proper living environment to be healthy and well, but can nonetheless become ill, suffer tumors, have gastric ulcers, and can even catch the very same cold or flu that is passed around through the rest of your family!
Overheating and body odor are two typical pet owner complaints or concerns with regard to ferrets. Body odor is generally associated with sex hormones and may be addressed with different bathing options or changes in diet. Overheating can result in serious harm to your ferret's health, so it should be addressed conscientiously.
Natural Cures: Apple cider vinegar added to your ferret's food or water may help to improve its nutrition and keep its fur soft and velvety.
Ferret with a tumor... I don't see a section for ferrets. The local animal shelter said ferrets are sensative to some foods and that I shouldn't give it apple cider vinegar without talking to a veterinarian first. The ferret has a nearly dime size tumor on the top of it's nose on the outside. Any suggestions?
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Fort Myers, Fl
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Does anyone have any experience w/ natural treatments for ferrets? My friends ferret got overheated and we rushed her to the hospital after fluids and oxygen she was much improved, was given an antibiotic called clavamox but don't use antibiotics myself and am afraid to give them to her (she weighs less than a pound. A friend who raised ferrets said to give her a pinch of salt in her drinking water. I considered yogurt because of probiotics but wasn't sure of milk product for a ferret??? HELP
Replied by Ferretadvocate
Rancho Cordova, Ca, Usa
Ferrets are from the weasel family, and include natural musk/scent glands.
When you purchase a ferret for your family, GET A FERRET that either has had all of its current shots and HAS BEEN STERILIZED(no breeding). this will cut down on their need to mark territory as much (marshall farms have the best track record for the best pet "weasels", cleanness and healthy)
Ferrets will use the bathroom only in corner or close spaces; thats what the corner litterbox thing is about.
If you want the nasty ferret duke smell to go away for good, FEED THEM A HIGH QUALITY CAT FOOD like iams- I have worked with, owned, raised and sold these animals. Ferret waste stinks amazingly like the ferret chow they sell bulk and cheap. Eliminate the smell going in, enjoy the benefits of the less smelly litter going out. And buy 2-3 corner litterboxes, cause if one is too full one day, they will find another corner (uggggh) its the food people, not the glands.
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