Warning signs of a sick ferret should set off all the alarm bells! If a ferret gets sick, it can go downhill very quickly so it is vital for you to be aware of any changes to your ferret’s health.
If you notice your ferret showing any of the following symptoms, get it your vet immediately!
- Disinterest in playing
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in breathing
- A wound or any bleeding
- Pawing at mouth
- Weight loss (not due to seasonal changes)
- Fur loss (not due to seasonal changes)
- Grinding of teeth
- Dazed and / or staring look
- Anything resembling a seizure or convulsion
- Excessive itching
- Straining to piddle
- Excessive drinking and / or piddling
- Change in color or texture of poop (if diet is the same)
- No poop or piddle seen in litter box or around the house during the day
Also make sure you can give your vet as much information as possible about how different your ferret is acting or feeling, and the condition it’s in, to help with diagnosing the problem.
A good article to read as it could help you to figure out if your ferret needs medical attention …
Is It A Ferret Medical Emergency by Jerry Murray, DVM (SmallAnimalChannel.com)
Drs Foster & Smith have made a pdf called “Contact Your Veterinarian When Your Ferret Shows These Signs”.
You can download it HERE.
Print it out and stick it on your fridge or another obvious place where you put important reminders.
A site with General Information on Sick Ferrets
You can download a pdf showing a Ferret Illness Symptom Chart by Ferret Association of Connecticut HERE.
The composition and initial evaluation of a grimace scale in ferrets after surgical implantation of a telemetry probe – Scientific Figure on ResearchGate.
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.