Health

Welcome to our health overview.

Trauma Brief Overview

Ferrets are flexible animals but are susceptible to injury many ways. Falling and being crushed are the two most common causes of physical trauma to a ferret. As a ferret explores they may climb objects like bookcases and tv stands falling from even a short distance could injure the animal. Another risk is something falling onto the ferret, but more commonly the ferret being stepped on. Pressure on the organs could cause internal bleeding which will require medical attention.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is serious and not to be mistaken for Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which also affects animals. IBD is an immune system response to bacteria in the intestine.

Blockage brief

Ferrets have a complex intestinal track, and with how curious a ferret is it is possible for them to eat something that does not easily pass their digestive system.

Waardenburg Syndrome Brief Overview

Example of a "Blaze" with the distinct white line between the eyes.

Waardys or ferrets expected to have a condition referred to as Waardenburg Syndrome typically have a wide face and Blaze coat pattern and a wider face.

Waardenburg syndrome is often associated with deafness, social awkwardness, and is often incorrectly referred to as down syndrome like due to the wider face, however, most humans diagnosed with Waardenburg syndrome have do not have neurological deficits.

Lymphoma Brief overview

Lymphosarcoma is cancer of the Ferrets white blood cells, found typically thought lab panels of complete blood count and urinalysis. Lymphoma is terminal and in most cases not preventable.

Heatstroke brief

Ferrets bodies metabolise in temperatures between 10 C (50 F) and 25 C (80 F) under a ferret will use most of its energy to stay warm the domestic ferret does okay at lower temperatures. HOWEVER, ferrets do not do well with high temperatures - anything over 25 C (80 F) is dangerous for a ferret.

Atrioventricular Block

While a "block" may sound like a clot or a physical barrier impeding blood flow it actually is in reference to " electrical conduction system" of the heart. Blocks either prevent signals or delay them causing the heart to beat in irregular or "strange" patterns.

Visual Impairment

Blindness in ferrets is not unheard of but is often either age or trauma related.

As ferrets age, they may start to develop cataracts this is often noticed by a white or slightly dull appearance of the eye. While it may cause irritation as long as the owner adjusts the animals play area they can continue to enjoy life.

Undiagnosed Insulinoma can cause nerve damage which may also lead to blindness or impairment.

Insulinoma brief overview

Hypoglycaemia is the medical diagnoses for low blood sugar, the symptoms are an effect of an excess insulin. The ferret's pancreas creates insulin to help regulate blood sugar

Hearing Impairment Brief Overview

Deafness in ferrets appears to have a strong correlation with "rare" or more praised coat patterns, such as blaze and panda, however, hearing impairment is not always easy to notice or diagnose. Ferrets are known for being extremely inquisitive animals and use all of their senses to understand an environment so even with a hearing impairment they may use vibration and visual cues more than simply hearing danger.

Adrenal (Hyperadrenocorticism) Brief

Hyperadrenocorticism is one of the most common types of illness' a ferret owner deals with. Sometimes referred to as by Adrenal Disease, Hyperadrenocorticism is cancer caused by the over production of sex hormones.