Pneumonia in Ferrets


Ferrets are very susceptible to the human flu virus so if you have it, please stay away from your ferrets but if that’s not possible, please wear a face mask.

If a ferret catches the flu, it could turn into pneumonia and if a ferret gets pneumonia, it really is a death sentence if the owner does not act!

Watch out for:

Lack of appetite
Labored or rattling breathing

So please … if you think your ferret is not improving in your care, take it to your vet for professional advice and treatment and DO NOT wait too long to do that!


More information about Pneumonia in Ferrets can be found on the following sites…

Fungal Pneumonia in Ferrets (PetMD)

Bacterial Pneumonia in Ferrets (PetMD)

Common Respiratory Issues in Ferrets (Exotic Animal Medicine for the Vet Tech)

Respiratory Infections in Ferrets (

Respiratory Diseases in Ferrets by Rick Axelson, DVM (VCA Hospitals)

Respiratory Infections in Ferrets (PetCoach)

Pneumonia (Bacterial) in Ferrets (
Pneumonia (Bacterial) in Ferrets

Bacterial Pneumonia in Ferrets (

How to Treat Upper Respiratory Infections in Ferrets (WikiHow) << PLEASE do NOT use this information as gospel! You MUST take your baby to the vet to be checked over by a (ferret) vet if he shows signs of being sick!



(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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