Health and First Aid

Ferrets do not show pain or weakness until they are very sick and it should be taken care of right away. When they are at the point of showing symptoms, it means they have been sick for a while. If you think your ferret is sick, it’s always better to have it seen by the vet, since they can go downhill and die very quickly. I’m always available for questions as well. 770-235-0070 kmferretrescue@comcast.net

Symptoms needing a vet visit include:

  • Not eating or drinking much or at all for half a day
  • No solid poop for a day
  • Not playing like normal for an entire day
  • Gnashing teeth (sign of pain)
  • Limping
  • Not wanting to be touched when it’s not normally a problem
  • Moving away from being rubbed or handled when it’s not normally a problem
  • Unusual biting
  • Squinted eyes (sign of pain)
  • Throwing up (not normal for ferrets)

Symptoms needing a vet visit ASAP include:

  • Unable to control pooping or peeing (pooping or peeing on itself)
  • Falling over when walking or standing still
  • Unable to walk in a straight line
  • Pawing at mouth after drinking or eating
  • Drooling
  • No solid poop for two days
  • Blood in poop
  • Not eating or drinking much or at all for a day
  • Seizure
  • Screaming uncontrollably
  • Whimpering or whining in pain
  • No poop for half a day
  • Blood in urine
  • Straining to pee but can’t
  • Whimpering when peeing

A ferret over three years old should be seen by a vet for an annual check-up and blood work.

A ferret over four years old should definitely be seen by a vet for an annual check-up and blood work.

A ferret over four years should be fed a diet with protein lower than 40%.