Sarcoptic mange (aka scabies) is caused by mites which invade the skin of healthy ferrets and cause a number of problems, including hair loss and severe itching.
It also affects the feet and is occasionally termed “foot rot”. The paws become red, swollen and painful. There might also be crusts and intense itching. The nails also can become quite deformed, or even fall out.
We had a ferret given to us with foot rot and he was not a pretty sight. We called him Wookie, as he looked like a Star Wars creature – orange fur, incredibly ugly nails and the worst case of the itches I have ever seen! Poor little guy ?
We took him to our vet and he was put on a course of Ivermectin and it cleared up the problem beautifully. After the mites were exterminated, we had Wookie sterilized and that took care of his orange coat.
He ended up being a very handsome albino with a soft, snow white coat! ?
Don’t ignore any signs of foot rot, as it could to the loss of the foot if left untreated.
However if you are treating your ferret with Revolution, then you shouldn’t have any worries about it getting scabies.
More information about Sarcoptic Mange in Ferrets can be found on the following sites…
Ferrets – Skin Disease by Laurie Hess, DVM; Rick Axelson DVM (VCA Hospitals)
Scabies in Ferrets (WagWalking.com)
Sarcoptic Mange in Ferrets (PetMD)
Mange in Ferrets (WagWalking.com)
Mange in Ferrets Signs Treatment and Prevention by Judy Evans (Second opinion doctor)
You can see a photo of a poor little ferret with sarcoptic mange on this page …
Very itchy ferret who was scratching all the time (Whyalla Veterinary Clinic)
Natural Remedy for Mites
I personally haven’t tried this but for those of you who would prefer to use a natural treatment to get rid of mange, take a look at this site …
Mange and Parasite Oil (Wolf Creek Ranch)
(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.