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Addison's Disease in Ferrets
Addison's disease, or hypoadrenocorticism, occurs when a ferret has a severe deficiency or total lack of the hormones made in the adrenal cortex. It usually occurs when both adrenal glands are removed, called a bilateral adrenalectomy.
Adrenal Disease in Ferrets
Adrenal disease is very treatable in most cases. Not treating adrenal disease is condemning your ferret to die, when this doesn't have to be the case. If you see signs of adrenal disease in your ferret, please get him checked out as soon as possible.
Aleutian Disease Virus (ADV) in Ferrets
Aleutian Disease Virus (ADV) is a parvovirus, but not the same strains as those that affect dogs, cats, or humans. Aleutian Disease Virus does not seem to affect any animals outside the Mustelidae family.
Canine Distemper in Ferrets
Ferrets are extremely susceptible to the canine distemper virus, and the fatality rate of ferrets that contract canine distemper is virtually 100%. This disease is so fatal for ferrets, it is very important that all ferret owners know the symptoms.
Common Questions About Ferret Care
Ferrets have been domesticated for over 2,000 years, but it's only in the last 50 years or so that they have become beloved pets. They are rapidly becoming more and more popular, but it can still be difficult to find the information you need.
Diseases Most Common In Ferrets
This article discusses the three most common ferret illnesses: adrenal disease, insulinoma, and lymphoma.
Ferret Medications: Prednisone
Prednisone is one of the most frequently prescribed medicines for ferrets. It is a corticosteroid, and it has a variety of different uses in ferrets, including the treatment of a number of the most common ferret diseases.
Ferret Safety: Heating Your Home
Heating your home presents many problems that ferret owners need to be aware of. Inquisitive fuzzies like to explore and baseboard heaters and ductwork can present a problem.
Halloween Safety Tips: Ferrets
Putting safety first allows everyone in your house - human and ferret - to have a great time this Halloween!
Heartworm in Ferrets
Although heartworm is often thought of as only affecting dogs and cats, a ferret may also be infected by this dangerous parasite.
Holiday Ferret Safety
Dangers your ferret may encounter from holiday decorations and food, and how you can make your home safer during the holiday season.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Ferrets
If you suspect that your ferret may have IBD, schedule a veterinary appointment as soon as possible. If you receive a definitive diagnosis, discuss the best way to treat your ferret with your veterinarian.
Respiratory Infections in Ferrets: Signs, Causes & Treatment
Ferrets that are most susceptible to infections include kits, older ferrets, ferrets with weakened or suppressed immune systems, and ferrets living in unhealthy conditions.
Rx: Lupron Depot for Ferret Adrenal Disease
Lupron®, or leuprolide acetate, is a drug that is used to treat adrenal disease in ferrets. "Depot" refers to how it works - it releases the entire dosage over a set period of time.
Spaying & Neutering Ferret Facts
Because most ferrets here come from large scale breeders, the majority of ferrets in the United States are neutered or spayed at a very early age. Many states have laws that prevent the sale or ownership of whole or "unaltered" ferrets.

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