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Ferrets

  • Ectoparasiticides are used to treat or prevent ectoparasitic infestations such as fleas, ticks, mange mites, ear mites, lice, and sandflies. It is important that these parasites are kept under control, for example some animals may be allergic to flea saliva so that a flea bite will cause the animal to become very itchy and irritable (flea allergy dermatitis).

  • Endoparasiticides are also called anthelmintics or wormers. These medicines are used for treatment and/or prevention of roundworms (nematodes), tapeworms (cestodes), and heartworm disease.

  • Fenbendazole is used to control roundworms and some types of tapeworms and products are available for use in dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds and reptiles. Your veterinary surgeon may prescribe fenbendazole for a pregnant bitch to reduce the chance of the puppies being born with worms.

  • If you think your pet is unwell, you must take it to your veterinary surgeon for prompt attention. ANY deviation from normal should be a cause for concern and requires immediate evaluation by…

  • There is little doubt that the incidence of adrenal gland disease in ferrets is increasing rapidly in the UK. It describes tumours or hypertrophy (excess growth) of the adrenal gland(s).…

  • Common conditions of pet ferrets include diarrhoea, intestinal foreign bodies, parasites, heart disease, and various kinds of cancer. Diarrhoea is not a disease per se, but rather a sign of a…

  • In the wild, the polecat is a 'whole carcase' feeder. It is an obligate carnivore with a very short gut and so is unable to deal with much, if any, fibre or carbohydrate in the diet. While…

  • Gastrointestinal disease in ferrets is all too frequent - from dental disease, through gastric foreign bodies to persistent diarrhoea. Some are readily prevented while others require…

  • Due to their reputation as curious creatures and escape artists, ferrets should be housed in a cage which is securely closed and locked. A secure wooden hutch with waterproofed top is ideal. A…

  • It has always been customary for vets to recommend surgical neutering of ferrets.Unfortunately, it is now clear that this has been a major factor in the large increase in cases of adrenal…