How to Keep Your Ferret Healthy


Professional chef and stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast Edwin Hammond Meredith lives in the Florida Keys. An animal lover, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys looking after his pet ferrets.

Ferrets may live for as long as 13 years, meaning owners must be vigilant regarding the animal’s health care needs. Heartworm and fleas pose a particular risk to ferrets, so use a general preventive treatment for both conditions once a month. Further, have the ferret vaccinated every year to protect against canine distemper, which is a serious viral disease with no cure.

Captive ferrets tend to display the same behavior as wild ferrets in regard to hiding illness. As such, take ferrets below the age of five to a veterinarian once a year, upping the number of visits to two per year as the ferret ages.

Finally, have your ferret de-sexed before it reaches sexual maturity, which occurs between the ages of six and 12 months. Female ferrets, in particular, suffer the consequences of delayed de-sexing procedures, as once they enter heat they remain in that condition until they mate. This extended period of heat often results in Pyometra, which is a uterine condition that is occasionally fatal.