Basic Ferret Care

Have you recently decided to get a pet ferret? These cute little animals are very fun and charming little pets, and make wonderful companions for the right person. Like any other pet, ferrets do have some specific needs as far as their care. Before bringing your new pet home, you should familiarize yourself with the basic ongoing care requirements for ferrets. In this article, your local Walnut vet goes over some basic ferret care.


When ferrets shed, they sometimes ingest some of that dead fur. Unlike kitties, ferrets can’t simply vomit up a hairball, so they are at risk of intestinal blockages. To keep your little buddy healthy, give him a hairball-preventing product, such as a laxative. Ask your vet to recommend a product that is safe for ferrets.


If your ferret’s toenails get too long, they could cause problems. Your pet could easily get caught in something, and may injure himself getting free. Your furry buddy will need his toenails clipped regularly, about every other week. Make sure not to cut too close to the quick, as this could hurt the little one.


Canine distemper and rabies are both deadly to ferrets, so it’s very important to keep your pet safe from these diseases. Make sure to get your ferret vaccinated yearly.

Dental Care

Your pet’s oral health is crucial to his overall health and well-being. To keep your ferret’s teeth in good condition, brush those choppers weekly. Toothbrushes and toothpastes made for cats are safe for ferrets. Never use a human toothpaste on your little pal, as he could get very sick if he ingests it.


Scoop out your pet’s litterbox daily to remove waste, and give his cage a good weekly cleaning.


Ferrets’ ears tend to accumulate a lot of wax buildup, which can smell bad and make for a grumpy, uncomfortable pet. Keep your furry pal’s ears in good shape with weekly cleanings. Use a cotton ball and a solution that is safe for ferrets. Ask your vet for specific recommendations for ear-cleaning solutions.


Your ferret will need a few hours outside his cage each day. Use this time to play with your little furball!

Do you have any questions about caring for a pet ferret? As your local Walnut vet clinic, we are always happy to help! Please contact us for all your pet care needs.

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