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Flea Treatment For Ferrets

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What are Fleas?

Fleas are tiny, usually dark-colored, insects.  Fleas attach themselves to animal and human skin–including ferrets. They bite and feed on the animal’s blood.  

Each female flea may produce 50 or 60 eggs a day!  Flea eggs hatch in about 4 days. 

Larvae eat the droppings of mature fleas for about 2 weeks, then spin cocoons and become pupae. Inside the cocoons, the pupae turn into fleas that emerge in 3 or 4 weeks as a new generation.

While most ferrets are not overly sensitive to fleas, some may develop skin irritations, allergies and even anemia.  Fleas reproduce quite quickly, laying batches of eggs on the ferret or other animal. The fleas can then spread to the animal’s surroundings.

Causes of Fleas in Ferrets

When the weather gets warm and humid, the fleas come out. Ferrets that go outside can pick up fleas from the environment. Ferrets can also get fleas from other pets or even people.

Flea eggs can remain dormant for up to two years waiting for victims.  Not only lying in wait outside, they can hide in furniture, carpets, bedding, clothes… Continue reading Flea Treatment For Ferrets

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How Long Do Ferrets Live?

How Long Do Ferrets Live?How Long Do Ferrets Live?

When we add a pet to our family, whether it is a cat, dog, bird, hamster, iguana, ferret or any other critter, we don’t want to think about how long he or she will live.

Each type of animal has a general life expectancy range, but as with any animal or person, the lifespan of a ferret can vary greatly.

The answer to How Long Do Ferrets Live? Depends on several factors. Some of these factors are more controllable than others.

Ferrets in the U.S. have a life expectancy of 5-9 years. Ferrets in the U.K. tend to live a bit longer–6-11 years.

There are 4 main determinants that influence how long a ferret lives. Continue reading How Long Do Ferrets Live?

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Interesting Facts About Ferrets You May Not Know

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Ferrets are fascinating creatures. They are a one-of-a-kind pet that are sure to bring a smile and a chuckle to anyone who has the privilege to watch them in action. They also have some unique characteristics.

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Air Cleaners for the Home With Pets

Air Cleaners for the Home With Pets

Air Cleaners for the Home with Pets

Can visitors to your home smell that you have a pet before they see that you have one (or two or three or …)

Along with dogs and cats, ferrets, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles… can all add unwanted fragrances to your home. Then there are their cages– a continual source of odor as well.

Have you tried chemical air fresheners, pet odor removers, and air purifiers, but haven’t found anything to really get rid of pet odor? Continue reading Air Cleaners for the Home With Pets

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Best Hairball Treatment–For Ferrets

Best Hairball Treatment

Best Hairball Treatment

For Ferrets

Ferrets can get hairballs, unfortunately they lack the natural reflux ability of coughing it up like cats do.

Why do ferrets get hairballs?

Shedding

Ferrets shed twice a year. They shed their coats to prepare for seasonal weather changes. The thick winter coat is shed in Spring to be replaced by a thinner, summer coat. The summer coat is then shed in Fall to again be replaced by a thicker, winter coat.

During this shedding time, the fluffy undercoat hairs may be seen floating around in the air. The longer guard hairs may be found covering your ferret’s bedding. The finer undercoat hairs, especially, can get mixed in with your ferret’s food. Then, as your ferret eats, these hairs may be swallowed. The same is true when your ferret grooms himself. If enough of these hairs are ingested, they can clump up in the stomach forming a hairball. Continue reading Best Hairball Treatment–For Ferrets

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Ferret Facts For Kids and Adults–An Intro to Ferrets

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An Intro to Ferrets

Although some sources report ferrets may become the third most popular pet in the United States, many people don’t know much about them. The list of 20 facts below serve as an intro to ferrets–for kids and adults. Continue reading Ferret Facts For Kids and Adults–An Intro to Ferrets

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Care Credit For Pets–Veterinary Financing

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Healthcare for pets is expensive. Healthcare for ferrets can be even more so, due to the fact that pet insurance for ferrets is almost non-existent.

I have previously written about my discovery of Pet Assure. I was happy to find it offers– veterinary pet insurance for ferrets.  Now, I have discovered another option for paying for vet bills–Care Credit for Pets.

Many people have heard of Care Credit. In business for almost 30 years, Care Credit provides financing options for treatments and procedures that typically are not covered by health, dental, and vision insurance. Care Credit also can be used when insurance doesn’t cover the full amount and for deductibles and co-payments.

Care Credit is a unique, specialized healthcare credit card with special financing offers.  There are short term and longer term financing options.

But, did you know that Care Credit also provides Veterinary Financing options?   Continue reading Care Credit For Pets–Veterinary Financing

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Are Ferrets Hypoallergenic? Allergies and Pets

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Are Ferrets Hypoallergenic?

Allergies and Pets

Hypoallergenic–meaning relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction

Are Ferrets Hypoallergenic? Allergies and Pets

Allergy is a widespread chronic condition all over the world. Anyone can develop an allergy at any time. It is estimated that one in four people have chronic allergies, and that one in ten have allergies to pets–cats most of all.

Pet allergy symptoms can include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, scratchy throat or mouth, or itchy, red or watering eyes. For some people with allergic asthma, being around a pet can trigger wheezing or difficulty breathing.

There are many myths and misconceptions about allergies and pets.


How many of these common beliefs about allergies and pets can you identify correctly as true or false?

  1. A pet’s fur causes allergies.
  2. You can become desensitized to your pet and no longer have allergy symptoms.
  3. Rodents and other small furry pets are recommended for allergy sufferers.
  4. Pets that live outdoors cause fewer allergy problems.
  5. Restricting a pet to one or two rooms of your house will lessen allergy symptoms.
  6. You can be more allergic to your pet in Spring and Fall.
  7.  People who are allergic to their pets must find new homes for them.

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Are There Different Types of Ferrets

Are There Different Types of Ferrets?

Are There Different Types of Ferrets
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There are several different animals that resemble domestic, pet ferrets. Stoats, Polecats, Weasels, Pine  Martins, Black-Footed Ferrets all have a long slender body, long tail, long neck, and small, flat triangle shaped heads with round ears. Black-Footed Ferrets (Mustela nigripes) are the only Wild Ferret.  Pet Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) are domesticated descendents of European ferrets (Mustela putorius), sometimes called polecats.

Are there different types of ferrets? While cats and dogs come in many breeds, the domestic ferret is a single breed. Unlike the black-footed ferret, the domestic ferret does not have one standard color or coat pattern. Like cats and dogs, ferrets can have a variety of  different colors and coat patterns.

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Do Ferrets Get Along with Dogs? Do Dogs Get Along with Ferrets?

Do Ferrets Get Along With Dogs? Do Ferrets Get Along with Dogs? Do Dogs Get Along with Ferrets?

Do Dogs Get Along with Ferrets?

If you have ever had more than one dog, cat, ferret…you know that each has his own unique personality. Just like people, even sisters from the same “litter” have different personalities.

Ferrets and dogs, just like other animals (and people) have different personalities. One dog  might be best buddies with one ferret and ignore another. Continue reading Do Ferrets Get Along with Dogs? Do Dogs Get Along with Ferrets?