Ferret Specific Health Issues
GI issues: Ferrets are small animals, and so any weight loss, decrease in appetite or vomiting/diarrhea is a much bigger deal than with larger pets. Blood sugar in ferrets can crash relatively quickly, and so if they stop eating, start vomiting, or have diarrhea, then you need to call us right away. Ferrets are chewers, and it is not uncommon for young ferrets to eat something that they shouldn’t and get a block in their intestines, therefore it is crucial to keep small objects away from ferrets.
Cancers: Ferrets are susceptible to a number of cancers, including insulinomas and adrenal gland tumors. Signs of these cancers could be losing hair, weight loss, acting confused or stumbling, but many disease symptoms are not obvious, and could only be seen in a veterinary exam or in blood work. There are a number of treatments that we can do, including surgery and hormone injections or implants, which have been shown to greatly improve the quality of life for ferrets that develop these cancers, even reversing the symptoms entirely in some cases.
Heart Disease: Ferrets are also prone to heart disease once they are adults. Signs of this disease start very subtly, and can really only be discovered in a veterinary exam.