How to Deal with Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Ferrets

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Written By Thurman Schinner

Thurman Schinner graduated from Cambridge University with a bachelor’s degree and has specialized in technical writing.

How can I tell if my ferret has a blockage?
The likely signs of a gastrointestinal obstruction in any age ferret include anorexia and lethargy. Weight loss can be profound if the obstruction is chronic. Other less commonly seen signs include diarrhea, ptyalism and pawing at the mouth.
How do I get my ferret to poop?
Ferrets will learn to use a tray very quickly but have a specific way of pooping. They back into a corner, reverse in, lift the tail and poop up against the corner of the litter tray then move back out, turn round, give the poop a good, long sniff and then move away from it. They do not bury their poop as cats do.
How do you treat bloat in a ferret?

How do I know if my ferret has a hairball?
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If the stomach is bloated and twisted (GDV), your ferret will most likely need emergency surgery to untwist it as soon as possible. Medications for inflammation, pain, gut motility, and to cut down on gas production may be prescribed as well as IV fluids.

Can I use cat litter for my ferret?
Symptoms:If your ferret has ribbon like stools and has a loss of appetite, dry coughs and gags, these are common symptoms of hairballs or obstructions in a ferrets stomach/intestine.
What ferret poop should look like?

What do I do if my ferret has a hairball?

The only cat litter that is safe for ferrets is a corn based cat litter such as World?s Best Cat Litter. It?s not generally recommended to use a sand based cat litter as ferrets snorkel a lot and could ?sniff? the sand, forming a sand clot in their delicate sinus passages.

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What can I give my ferret for hairballs?
Stools can vary in character and may be ?seedy? (soft with a granular appearance), liquid or mucousy. The color may range from brownish yellow to green to black and tarry. Black and tarry stools usually indicate upper intestinal tract bleeding, many times as the result of stomach ulcers that ferrets are prone to.
Is it normal for a ferret to cough?

How do you help ferret throw up?

Malt-based laxatives are sometimes given once a week during a ferret?s shedding period, in order to prevent hairballs. Consult a veterinarian, but about an inch of laxative paste is used per day, and ferrets find this particular type of laxative quite edible.

Why is my ferret not eating or drinking?

Most hairball treatments have a sweet, malt flavor that ferrets love. These pastes help the hair glide through the ferret?s entire digestive system. During shedding season, give your ferret a ?-inch ribbon of the hairball treatment, or about ?-teaspoon every other day.

Is it normal for ferrets to vomit?

Coughing is fairly common among ferrets, or at least as much as it is in other animals. Formally defined as forceful exhalations of air through the glottis or mouth and throat, a cough may be brought on by a variety of factors, either automatic or inspired.

Is my ferret depressed?

Can ferrets get stomach bug?

Often, he or she will recommend offering bland food such as canned chicken baby goods, even warming the food to body temperature and offering via syringe. Otherwise, monitor your ferret?s attitude, body condition, and fecal volume for any irregularities.

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Why is my ferret acting lethargic?

Anorexia. Anorexia is a very serious condition which causes a ferret to lose its appetite, refuse to eat, and thus lose a dangerous amount of weight. Typically, ferrets lose their desire to eat due to systemic or total body diseases, however, psychological causes are another factor; this is referred to pseudoanorexia.

Do ferrets get sad when rehomed?
Vomiting is never normal in ferrets and often a sign that your ferret needs to see us or another veterinarian quickly. Some ferrets become lethargic and grind their teeth when they are in pain.
Why did my ferret died suddenly?

Sad ferrets may spend time in areas their buddy used to frequent. They may also slouch, flatten themselves out, and sigh. Unlike sick ferrets, sad ferrets won?t squint.

When should you put your ferret down?
Internal parasites such as Coccidia and Giardia can be a cause of diarrhea, as can viruses such as rotavirus (seen in young ferrets in North America), Epizootic Catarrhal Enteritis (ECE is becoming more common in ferrets, typically in either very young or old ferrets) and, sometimes, human influenza or canine distemper
Why is my ferret speed bumping?
If your ferret is extremely lethargic and has a difficult time getting the energy to move it is often a sign of an insulinoma?a severe drop in blood glucose that can lead to seizures, comas, or even death. We also carry vaccines for rabies and distemper that are recommended for your ferret family members.
Do ferrets help with depression?

Ferrets live 5-10 years, and they?re very smart and affectionate little creatures, and sometimes their way of showing it is a playful bite! They sometimes get depressed with being rehomed or adjusting to a new family, so please be prepared to love them their whole life!

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How old do ferrets live?

Ferret Dilated Cardiomyopathy
This is a heart condition that can cause sudden death in pet ferrets and while it isn?t as common as some other diseases, it is still a concern for ferret owners. Dilated cardiomyopathy can be thought of as heart failure in ferrets.$MMT = window.$MMT || {}; $MMT.cmd = $MMT.cmd || [];$MMT.cmd.push(function(){ $[“394bf0ef-bc74-4dbc-9196-e04d679d625b”]); })

Are ferrets territorial?
When death is rapidly approaching, you may find your ferret collapsed, taking deep breaths. Their body temperature will drop to 97 degrees or less. If they are moaning or wheezing with each breath, they are near to death.