A ferret is a pretty stoic animal and if you don’t pay him much attention, it would be easy to miss the signs of illness.
As I’ve said earlier, when a ferret is sick, he goes downhill pretty fast, so you MUST be aware of the signs so that you can give your vet as much detail as possible about any problems.
They are just “snapshot” descriptions of the various problems, certainly not in-depth and are not written by a veterinarian.
You may, if you wish, do a quick search of the site here, by inputting your search term (for instance “drooling”), to find quick information about what you think might be an ailment. However, you MUST understand it is no more than a search of what is on my site, NOT specialized veterinary information.
This Google Search box isn’t particularly clear – you type the search term you’re looking for then click on that grey box at the right. The results will pop up but when they did, I thought there was only one. However I then saw that there were 31 results so scrolled down to find them all 😀
The information listed is only for general advice and guidance and whatever you do, DO NOT SELF-TREAT your ferret.
If notice your ferret showing any of these warning signs, please take it to a ferret knowledgeable vet IMMEDIATELY.
And I got an email from another ferret fanatic telling me about the dangers of fire ants and ferrets.
They are in Texas but have also invaded Australia, having been found around Brisbane and Melbourne so to learn more about that problem, click here.
Sites with general medical information about ferrets
What are normal body temperature, blood test results, etc (Ferret FAQ)
INTERPRETING THE CHEMISTRY PROFILE
IN FERRETS by Joerg Mayer, Dr vet med, MSc (PDF)
Urinalysis: Testing a Urine Sample (Not ferret specific)
Ferret chemotherapy drugs and dosages (ResearchGate)
Ferret Medications (Wedgewood Pharmacy)
Bova Compounding (Bova)
It’s time for an immediate veterinary visit if your ferret suffers any of these eight medical signs or situations by Jerry Murray, DVM
Ferret Illness Symptom Chart (FACT) (PDF).
Explore The Ferret Skeletal System by Jerry Murray, DVM
Sites with General Information on Sick Ferrets
Common Respiratory Issues in Ferrets
How to medicate a ferret Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics
Deslorelin Implant in Ferrets Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics (YouTube)
Medical Information which is not Ferret Specific but Does Apply to Ferrets (from Long Beach Animal Hospital)
Home Care of the Surgical Patient
How to Read a Radiograph (X-Ray)
Non-ferret specific site about cancer
This site is for dog owners but the information about various cancers and what to look out for is something which could help us ferret owners. It’s worth checking out.