Osteodystrophy is also known as brittle bones. This disease was more common in the past, when ferrets were fed muscle meat for their meals, a diet totally lacking in calcium.
Young ferrets (usually around 6-12 weeks old) with osteodystrophy move more like seals, with their legs, especially their front ones, pointing out to the side.
Because the bones in their legs and spines are deformed and soft, they never completely recover, and are doomed to being disabled and suffering lifelong pain because of their skeletal problems and awkward gait.
To make sure this never happens if you’re breeding, please make sure that your jill and her kits are fed a complete diet so that both mother and babies get all the necessary nutrients to keep them strong and healthy.
More information about Osteodystrophy in Ferrets can be found on this site …
Osteodystrophy (scroll down to osteodystrophy) (Chase Ferrets)
(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.