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.
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.
Ferrets can get hairballs, unfortunately they lack the natural reflux ability of coughing it up like cats do.
Why do ferrets get hairballs?
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
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.
Hypoallergenic–meaning relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction
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?
A pet’s fur causes allergies.
You can become desensitized to your pet and no longer have allergy symptoms.
Rodents and other small furry pets are recommended for allergy sufferers.
Pets that live outdoors cause fewer allergy problems.
Restricting a pet to one or two rooms of your house will lessen allergy symptoms.
You can be more allergic to your pet in Spring and Fall.
People who are allergic to their pets must find new homes for them.
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.