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Ears/Ear Mites

Although we wouldn’t call ferrets a high-maintenance pet, they do require some special care to keep them in tip-top shape. For example, a ferret’s ears are prone to ear-mites and infection, especially in warmer temperatures. They are preventatively treated before they leave our farm. We suggest using Tresaderm. Before using 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 Tresaderm in every day for a week to 10 days.

A ferret doesn’t need to go outside to contract ear mites — they can be transmitted from other pets or bedding.If you notice your ferret is scratching his ears a lot or that he has little specks of black “dirt” in his ears, this may be due to ear mites. A vet visit is recommended for a proper diagnosis and treatment.