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 store.
The average lifespan is 7-10 years old with each year equalling
ten human years. The temperature of a healthy ferret is between 100 and 104 degrees, with most of them hovering at
a comfortable 101.9 degrees. The heart rate of the average ferret is about 225 beats per minute but it can range
from 180-250 beats per minute. Ferrets have an average respiration rate of 33-36 breaths per minute. It is
important to get to know your pet’s personality, the better you know your ferret’s personality the quicker you will
be able to recognize any health issues your ferret might have.
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 cannot catch the flu from humans). Hopefully now that you are armed with
that knowledge you will be savvy enough to bring your pet ferret to the veterinarian (preferably one with knowledge
and experience about ferrets) before it starts showing flu like symptoms. Ferrets are very sturdy animals when they
are healthy but once they get sick, they can go downhill 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 colour starts to fade
take your pet ferret to the vet for a consultation.
Ferrets suffer from a variety of diseases and tumours such as
insulinoma, tumours, heart disease, intestinal conditions, and complications involving the liver and intestines and
spleen. Many pet ferrets are plagued with multiple issues at the same time. Most diseases commonly found in ferrets
will need some type of veterinary care which will often include surgery.
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 pet ferret.