Ear Infection in Ferrets


Ear infection (Otitis Externa) affects a significant number of ferrets and is characterized by inflammation of the soft tissue components of the external ear canal.

Some symptoms to watch out for are:

Pain when the ear is touched
Head shaking
Scratching or rubbing the ears
An odor or discharge from the ear

Take your ferret to the vet to determine the cause of the infection.


You can read more on Ear Infections in Ferrets on these sites …

Why Is My Ferret Scratching Its Ear? by Ron Hines DVM PhD

Inflammation of the Middle and Outer Ear Canal in Ferrets (PetMD)

Ferret Ear Care: Cleaning, Treatment, and Infections (PetCoach)

Ferrets – Ear Mites by Rick Axelson, DVM (VCA)

Inflammation of the Middle and Outer Ear Canal in Ferrets (WagWalking.com)

Ferrets have a highly developed sense of hearing. Learn how to take care of your pet’s ears by Erika Matulich, PhD

Tips On Cleaning Ferret Ears by Alicia Drakiotes (PetFinder)

Mites And Your Ferret (Vets4Pets)



How to Clean a Ferret’s Ears co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS (WikiHow)

The American Ferret Association has a pdf called “Healthy ears = happy ferret”. You can download it HERE.


(Last updated November 2019)


DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this page is not meant to replace seeing a veterinarian if you think your ferret is ill. It’s only meant to supply general information on a particular illness which was obtained either from personal experience with my sick ferrets, or from books and/or the Internet.

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