Pathology of Ferrets
Ferrets are long, silky, fun filled, and cuddly. They can provide endless hours
of fun. They can also give you a migraine as you try to pay for the vet bills you didn't think about when you
spontaneously purchased that impossibly cute ferret with the incredibly pointed face at the local pet
You don’t need a medical degree for
ferrets, but as a pet owner, you must be well acquainted on the dangers underlying your ferret’s medical
condition. It is important to get to know your pet’s personality, the better you know your
ferrets personality the quicker you will be able to recognize any health issues your ferret might have.
There are some illnesses unique only to ferrets and yet other which are also occurring in other members of
kingdom Animalia. If you are a concerned owner of a pet ferret, here is a guide that can help you become
well-versed on the different pathological states that could happen to your pet ferret.
The first thing you might learn about your pet ferret is that not only will it
love to have your undivided attention it can also catch that twenty-four hour flue you had a few days ago. The
ability to catch diseases from their human owners is one of those unique traits that separates ferrets from cats
and dogs (cats and dogs can not catch the flu from humans).
Ferrets are very sturdy animals when they are healthy but once they get sick they can go down
hill fast. It is important your veterinarian sees your pet and prescribe a treatment as soon as possible.
Young ferrets are often fed hard food before they are really ready for it. The hard food can
cause your new pet to develop a prolapsed rectum (the rectum is on the outside of the body instead of inside).
Oddly enough this is not normally something your local veterinarian needs to see. Normally the rectum returns to
its normal position after a few days. Smear a small amount of Preparation-H on the exposed rectum to help keep it
moist and keep a close eye on it. Remember that pink is good. As long as the flesh of the prolapsed rectum is a
nice healthy looking rosy pink it’s healthy. If the healthy pink color starts to fade take your pet ferret to the
vet for a consultation.
Ferrets get paralyzed in the hind leg when
they have rabies, and just like any other mammal, it’s something that humans must watch out for especially if
they get bitten by the ferret. But there are particular chemicals that when placed on the ferret will not allow
them to secrete the rabies virus from their saliva, but this is also something that needs to be done with when
the ferret is still a kit.
Neural Tube Defects
The neural defect is a bit of a common
condition which involves a deformed ferret skull that can also affect the tissue of the brain and the spinal
column. Retardation imminent, there are also growth defects to ferrets which have this condition and they
manifest as early as its birth. The loss of neural tissue may sometimes even be highly explicit and
Helicobacter mustilae and Gastric Ulcers
Old ferrets (four years and up) are prone
to this condition. It is commonly known in human terms as gastric ulcers. Recently discovered, it has taken the
lives of many ferrets and posed as one of the dangers that pet owners must consider when having a pet ferret.
Peptic ulcers may also result after long term untreated state.
The esophagus of the ferrets dilates and
may sometimes cause bronchopneumonia in some cases. Like dogs and cats that have it, ferrets that have
megaesophagus are also at high risk of acquiring the candido infection.
Enteritis and Intestinal Parasites
Even ferrets run the risk of having
parasites roam in their system, and this is exactly what happens when they get inflicted with enteritis,
particularly of the eosinophilic variety. This diseases causes male ferrets of 1 year or younger to waste away.
It is also closely linked to other diseases of ferrets, though there is really no tangible evidence of them.
Lesions and a deadly virus characterize
canine distemper. Any ferret afflicted with this illness is sure to die and perish miserably. Treatment is
really not an option since the only available things in the market today for this would be the vaccination which
is more of a preventive measure. The thing with canine distemper is that it causes lesions and weakens your
ferret until it dies. Read more about Ferret health Care
Irregular bowel movements may also harm
your pet ferret. Only few in a ferret colony get this kind of disease but their discharges often reeks of blood
and mucus. Inside the body the epithelial tissues get thicker, altering the whole ferret body system completely.
Like humans, the pet ferrets’ dentures are
exposed and are at risk for some diseases. The canine tips, for one, are most highly at risk since it is the
most exposed and most used. Malformations in the teeth shape, discoloration of the entire set of teeth and
broken teeth are just some of the examples.
If you are concerned about being flooded with an endless amount of expensive veterinarian bills
that you don't know if you will be able to pay you may want to consider purchasing animal health insurance for your