If you’ve owned a ferret for even a short length of time, you’re probably aware that there are countless products touted as essential for ferret health. But you have to keep in mind that every ferret has his own unique needs and that no one product is suitable for all ferrets. So here is a breakdown of what’s available and why you should (or shouldn’t) consider these ferret-health products for your fuzzy.
Ferret Health-Maintenance Products – As you can imagine, there are many ferret-health medications. Most of them are best used under a veterinarian’s direction because improper use may mask a serious medical condition or even cause a new problem.
- Dental-care products include tooth-cleaning gels and chewable tartar-control treats. Look for products specifically made for ferrets because treats made for dogs or other animals may break off and cause digestive problems for your pet ferrets.
- Ear-cleaning solutions remove wax and other debris from your ferret’s ears, prevent infestation by mites, and also help cut down that distinctive ferret odor.
- Eye solutions are excellent to apply before you shampoo your ferret. The solution forms a temporary barrier against liquid irritants, thus making bath time much more enjoyable for both you and your ferret.
- Hairball treatments include gel formulas that act as a laxative. The gel coats hair and other small debris in the digestive tract to make it easier for your ferret to expel.
Odor-Control Products – There are many of these products that can be used in a variety of ways.
- Odor-eliminator sprays, which can be used for a variety of animals including ferrets, neutralize the scent of urine, stools, and vomit. These products are used when the scent is already present, and typically they can be used in the air, on furniture, in the washing machine, and even in the vacuum cleaner.
- Other sprays are available that can be applied directly onto your ferret to eliminate her distinctive scent. These can also be sprayed into the litter pan or in the cage, once daily or several times a day, to keep all odors down to a minimum.
- There are also food and water additives that can be used to cut down on your ferret’s natural musky scent. The best of these ferret odor-control products can go a long way toward greatly reducing ferret odor.
Skin and Coat Treatments – Everyone loves a ferret with a shiny, luxurious coat. A healthy coat is a sign of a healthy ferret. There are many products available to help you keep your ferret looking good.
- Ferret treats that include such nutrients as Omega 3, B-12 (or brewer’s yeast), fatty acids, and of course, protein, will help your fuzzy have a healthy coat.
- Ferret shampoos and rinses clean your ferret without stripping its protective oils. Some products provide a protective coating of lanolin to prevent dryness.
- Styptic products can be used to heal minor cuts and wounds. They are ideal for wounds that occur during nail clipping.
Vitamins and Supplements – Just as there are countless vitamins and supplements for humans, there are many varieties available for ferrets. They are available as chewable treats, liquids and sprays, and in single- or multi-nutrient forms.
- To prevent or treat digestive problems such as Epizootic Catarrhal Enteritis (ECE), diarrhea, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) look for products with protein, fatty acids, digestive enzymes, and Lactobacillus acidophilus.
- High-calorie supplements should be used only for ferrets recovering from illness or surgery or otherwise very underweight. That’s because these supplements often contain sugar, which is generally not healthy for ferrets. Give such supplements only on the advice of a veterinarian and never to a ferret that has insulinoma, because of the sugar content.
- Generally, ferrets need the following for good health: Vitamin A, Vitamin D or D3, Vitamin E, and fatty acids. Look for multivitamin supplements made specifically for ferrets and that are oil- rather than sugar-based.
Most of these health-care products supplements for pet ferrets are readily available online or at your local pet store. Follow the package directions and store them in a clean, dry location away from children and pets. Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or problems.
So learn all you can about ferret health and ferret care to ensure healthy, happy ferrets. Ferret-health products can add many years to your pet’s life if they are used carefully. Consider which products your pet needs and start using them today.