Hairballs in Ferrets


I have never encountered a problem with hairballs in my ferrets (touch wood), but it can cause concern for owners.

Keep an eye out for …

Lack of interest in food
Decreased appetite
Thin, ribbon-like poop

If you brush your ferret’s coat regularly during the shedding period, it’ll cut down on the amount of hair it’ll ingest when grooming itself.

If your ferret is in shedding mode, then give it a small bit of hairball remedy, pure pumpkin or coconut oil to clear out any hairs from its gut.

However, as the same symptoms could be indicative of a serious blockage, so please do NOT self-treat your ferret.  Not only that, please don’t ignore any symptoms!

Take your ferret to your vet as soon as possible and have it checked out because if you don’t, it could result in the death of your furbaby ?


You can read more on Hairballs in Ferrets here …

Vomiting: Hairballs & Foreign Bodies in Ferrets by Judith A Bell, DVM, PhD (PetCoach)

Hairballs in Ferrets (PetMD)

Hairballs in Ferrets – Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment (

Hair Balls and Foreign Objects in Ferrets by David Perpiñán (The Veterinary Expert)

Fuzzball hairballs by Erika Matulich, PhD

How to Deal with Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Ferrets co-authored by Deanne Pawlisch, CVT (WikiHow)



(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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