Getting Rid of Ferret Odor with GoodBye Odor

GoodBye Odor for Ferret-Odor Control – A Must Have Ferret Product

So I was gone to Colorado throughout the month of October. The purpose of this trip was to GoodBye Odor for Ferret Odorhelp out my older son and his wife during and right after the birth of their third child, my fifth grandchild. (They were really hoping for a son, but got another, a third, daughter instead.) And I left my four ferrets in the care of my husband for nearly five weeks!

Actually, though, he did a good job. He fed and watered them daily and cleaned the cage regularly. And when I got home, my fuzzy babies were healthy, happy, and sassy – and ready to get out and spend some play time with me. So I really have no complaints there.

But what he didn’t do was order needed ferret supplies on time.

And that means that shortly after I got back home, we ran out of GoodBye Odor. Then, we hit a bit of a tight money spot and had to postpone ordering for a couple more weeks. The ferret smell let me know daily that we had run of this product that I consider essential for ferret care.

But now we again have some GoodBye Odor for Ferrets – my husband can be a good boy at times – and the ferret smell has subsided substantially. The difference between before and after was markedly noticeable. I just can’t say enough about this product, and I absolutely refuse to run out again.

I usually buy the 32 oz. pump bottle because it costs less than buying the smaller bottles and I don’t want to buy the big jug. I just add it so my fuzzies’ water – about 9 pumps to a 20 oz. water bottle – and the smell that some people find offensive is kept to a very low level. My babies don’t even seem to notice that I’ve added it to their water. It simply works.

My husband is now aware – after some “encouragement” on my part – that he has to order GoodBye Odor when I tell him it’s time. It’s a pretty good arrangement all around.

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Ferret Odor Revisited

If you’ve owned a pet ferret for any length of time, then you’re no doubt acquainted with your pet’s distinctive, um, ferret odor. A ferret’s unique scent can sometimes be a problem for new owners of pet ferrets. Fortunately, you have a few options if you dislike having a “stinky Ferret Odor Solutionslinky.”

First, keep in mind that a ferret’s scent is simply a natural part of its existence. Ferrets, being related to skunks, have scent glands located near the anus (although a pet ferret doesn’t use her glands for defense the way a skunk does). Usually, these glands are removed when the ferret is quite young (generally at the same time it is being spayed or neutered). And if you got your ferret from a pet store it has most likely been “de-scented.”

But in some countries removing the scent glands is considered to be abusive and therefore not performed. If you are adopting a pet ferret from outside the US, be sure to find out whether the animal has been de-scented.

If your pet has not been de-scented, he may release a distinctive (and pretty strong) musk-like odor when excited, afraid, or angry. But once your ferret has calmed down, the smell usually dissipates fairly quickly.

Removing the scent glands will eliminate most of the musky ferret odor. It may recur, however, if you don’t take care of your ferret properly. And this happens because ferrets have oil glands that also emit a musky odor.

While it may seem counterintuitive, you should NOT bath your ferret frequently to control this ferret odor. Too much bathing will actually make the problem worse because frequent baths will wash away the natural oils that actually help protect your fuzzy’s health. Bathe your ferret no more than about once a month.

(Also be aware that a persistent, strong ferret smell could signal that its teeth and/or ears could use some cleaning.  If the problem persists after you’ve thoroughly cleaned these areas, you should take your pet ferret see her vet.)

Now, while most ferret owners adjust to their fuzzies’ unique “odor,” other members of the family often do not. Family (and friends) may complain about this smell. But not to worry – this ferret odor can be controlled (though not eliminated entirely) quite easily.

You can control pet ferret odor with a product called GoodBye Odor for Ferrets. I use it because it works – and I wouldn’t be without it.

Ferret Health-Care Products – What Do Your Pet Ferrets Really Need?

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 allPet Ferrets Peeking Out of Ferret Cage 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.

Rikki and Possum – An Update on My Pet Ferrets

I was just looking over my past posts on this blog. It seems I have covered a lot of topics – maintaining good ferret health, ferret odor, ferret toys, vaccines, food, litter, and illnesses.

In going over this list of post topics, it occurred to me that I haven’t written anything aboutRikki, My Female Albino Ferret Rikki and Possum in a while. And they are the main reasons I started this website.

So, here goes . . .

Rikki is still my “ADHD” albino fuzzy. I have had her 2 years now, and she is still going strong.

Possum is my 1-year-old panda woozle. He was my laid-back chubby woozle. He’s still laid back, but he finally lost his baby fat. He isn’t as active as Rikki, but he still plays a lot, especially when he can get Rikki to play in the dig box with him.Possum, My Male Panda Ferret

I think their favorite game to play is tag, especially if I play with them. It seems like I’m the one who is always “IT” because they are a lot faster than I am – and I can’t fit under my bed and dresser. That’s where Rikki and Possum always run to keep me from tagging them.

After a game of tag, which usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes, then it’s dig-box and tube time. And that will last around 2 hours. After that, it’s nap time. By then, I’m ready for a nap too.

So Rikki and Possum are still doing great. And they are as ornery as ever.

Getting Rid of Ferret Odor – GoodBye Odor, Does it Work?

I was asked on this blog whether GoodBye Odor, a product for reducing ferret odor, works. Short answer: Yes, it does.

I was very skeptical at first. The owner of the pet store (the only one in our town) swore by itFuzzy Ferrets Playing and said it was a very popular item with her ferret-owner customers. So, I decided to give it a try.

At first, I bought just the 8 oz. bottle of GoodBye Odor, which lasted about a month. When it ran out, I didn’t get more for about 3 to 4 weeks. It wasn’t intentional – I just kept forgetting to get more when I went to town.

And I always got mad at myself for forgetting. About 4 days after I ran out of GoodBye Odor, I noticed that Rikki’s litter box and even her body really stank – even though I cleaned her litter box every day and did a complete cage cleaning once a week.

You just don’t realize how bad the ferret smell is till you run out of GoodBye Odor. It doesn’t get rid of ferret odor completely, but the odor isn’t nearly as strong or as noticeable.

After experiencing the weeks without GoodBye Odor, I tried not to run out of it again. Now that I have two fuzzy babies, the smell has doubled. And you can bet your bottom dollar I won’t run out now!

So does GoodBye Odor work? In my opinion, yes, it does – quite well.

Dealing with Ferret Odor

Do you have smelly ferrets and a smelly ferret cage? I do too – but not as bad as I used to.

When I had only one ferret, Rikki, the smell wasn’t really all that bad. I cleaned out her litter box daily, and did a complete cage cleaning once a week. Now that I have two ferrets, I have to do a complete cage cleaning every day. (I’m still having problems getting Possum to use the litter box every time. But we’re making progress . . . I think.) But with two ferrets, even a daily cage cleaning wasn’t enough to keep the ferret odor down.

There is product I use that has helped a lot with the odor – GoodBye Odor from Marshall. I use itGoodBye Odor for Ferrets and recommend it, and it’s also veterinarian recommended.

You wouldn’t believe the difference GoodBye Odor makes in the smell of your ferret and the odor of your ferret’s cage and litter box. Now, you won’t, of course, get rid of the smell altogether, but you won’t gag anymore when you have to clean out the cage and litter box.

It even tones down the musky smell of your ferret. Even if de-scented, your ferret will still have that musky smell, which comes from the natural oil in the ferret’s skin. In any case, I can really tell the difference when I run out and forget to buy more.

I buy the 32 oz. bottle, and it lasts about three months. I buy it from Amazon because, even with shipping charges, it’s much cheaper than purchasing it from the local pet store. I actually buy most of my ferret products (most of which are Marshall products) from Amazon.

So, to control ferret odor and litter-box and cage smells, I highly recommend GoodBye Odor for Ferrets.