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Senior Ferret Care

Is your pet ferret aged three or older? If so, you have a tiny little retiree on your hands. Ferrets are considered seniors around age three. Like any other animal, they’ll need some extra TLC as they age. A Dallas, GA vet offers some tips on this below.

Nutrition

Make sure that your pet’s food and water dishes are easy for him to reach. For older ferrets, it’s best to offer several small meals a day, rather than a few big ones. Your cute pet will need lots of high-protein foods, such as cooked, boneless meat or poultry, scrambled eggs, or even baby food. Your vet may also recommend adding a fatty acid supplement to your ferret’s food, to help keep their coat and joints healthy. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Grooming

You may notice your pet’s feet becoming thicker and harder. A Vitamin E crème may help keep them soft and pliable. You’ll also need to brush the little guy regularly, and provide hairball preventative.

Comfort

One of the most important things you can do is just make sure that your tiny buddy stays comfortable. Extra bedding will help here. You may also need to adjust your pet’s ramps, to make them easier to climb. We also recommend getting litterboxes with low sides. Set out a few extra ones for convenience.

Veterinary Appointments

Senior ferrets are prone to developing a few specific illnesses, such as adrenal gland disease; cancers, such as lymphosarcoma; and heart problems. Your vet may recommend bringing your ferret in a bit more often. At home, watch for signs of illness. Some common ones are hair loss, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weakness, loss of balance, lethargy, and respiratory issues. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these.

Temperature

As your pint-sized pal ages, he or she will grow more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Make sure the little guy has comfy bedding and blankets. Keep an eye on your pet when he’s out and about. Ferrets sometimes like to curl up next to heaters or radiators. This can be dangerous: you don’t want your pal singing himself!

Love

Like any other pet, your senior ferret needs to feel loved and safe. Pay lots of attention to the little guy!

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