- Ferret Symptom Chart
Upper Respiratory Infections and Influenza
Ferrets are very susceptible to problems that are related to stress and introduction to a new environment. They are prone to upper respiratory infections and influenza. They can catch these diseases through human contact. If the ferret is sneezing, pay close attention to the color of mucus and check to see if its eyes are clear. Certain types of litter can cause sneezing. We recommend Marshall Recycled Newspaper Pellet Litter. If the discharge is yellow or green, treat with an antibiotic for the infection (we recommend Clavamox, Cefa-Drops or Baytril). Using Marshall Ferret Rx for congestion along with the antibiotic is an effective treatment. A very wet (soupy consistency) of Marshall Premium Ferret Diet should be given. Mixing in Marshall Furo-Vite high-calorie vitamin supplement is a great way to build up ferret health after stress experienced during shipping. Also make sure to keep the ferret hydrated by adding Marshall Ferret Aide or Pedialyte to the water.
Green slime, or ECE as it is sometimes referred to, is still somewhat of a mystery. Much is still unknown about how the virus is spread. Any situation that brings ferrets together seems to have the potential for spread of the disease. It may also be transmitted by clothing or human contact. Aggressive treatment should begin at the first signs of green diarrhea.
Treat with Marshall Ferret Aide or Pedialyte and an antibiotic (we recommend Clavamox, Cefa-Drops or Baytril) to fight off any secondary infection. Feed a soft diet of moistened Marshall Premium Ferret Diet with chicken baby food, sometimes they have difficulty swallowing due to the formation of ulcers. A high-calorie vitamin supplement such as Marshall Furo-Vite or Ensure is recommended. For persistent diarrhea, use Marshall’s Uncle Jim’s Duk Soup. For a very ill ferret, take away regular food and substitute Duk Soup. This may have to be force fed via a syringe (use enough water to create a soupy mixture). If the ferret is eating on its own mix the Duk Soup with water, Furo-Vite, Ensure and a little Marshall Premium Ferret Diet. In the absence of Uncle Jim’s Duk Soup, Pepcid AC is an effective treatment. Crush a 10 mg tablet and add 10 cc of water. Recommended dosage is .25 cc given 2-3 times a day. Keeping the ferret hydrated, feeding a soft food diet, and a high-calorie supplement are all very important.
Ferrets can get ear mites. They are preventatively treated for this before they leave our farm. You will need some Tresaderm. Before using the Tresaderm you will need to apply Marshall Ear Cleaner for Ferrets to get rid of the wax. Put some of the cleaner in the ear and massage. Let it sit for a minute. The ferret will probably shake his head and the wax will come out. Use a soft cloth to gently clean the rest of the wax out. A ferret’s ear canal is L-shaped so you won’t hit the eardrum, just the vertical part of the canal. After the wax is cleaned out put the eardrops in every day for a week to 10 days.
When ferrets experience a prolapsed rectum, one or two things generally cause it. There may not be enough water in their diet – the food should really be wet down (one part food to four parts water). We do not recommend feeding any cat food or canned diet. Another reason is a bacterial or viral infection that will cause the ferret to have a runny stool and cause them to strain. Besides really wetting down the food, we recommend using an antibiotic (Clavamox, Cefa-Drops or Baytril). This will prevent any infection to the exposed area. Dosage should be .1 ml every 12 hours. You will also want to keep the area clean and put on some Preparation H to soothe it. Using Marshall Furo-Vite high-calorie vitamin supplement will help keep the ferret healthy during this period.