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Summer Safety Tips for Ferrets

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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Summer is the perfect time to own a ferret. Beautiful days are ideal for outdoor explorations with your fuzzy friend. However, ferrets are extremely sensitive to heat and humidity. In fact, ferrets can succumb to heatstroke in a matter of minutes. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to let your ferret safely enjoy all summer has to offer.

outdoor essentials
Ferrets cannot pant or sweat like other animals - humans included - to help regulate their body temperature. Therefore, careful preparation is the key to safe outdoor activities with your fuzzy. Essential items no ferret should be without include:

Playpen with Mat/Cover - contain your ferret without stifling his curiosity with this huge, extra-durable ferret playpen. Best of all, the dual-function mat/cover helps add necessary shade to protect your ferret from the sun.
Ferret Harnesses & Leads - keep your little escape artist close during any outdoor fun. Virtually escape-proof harnesses - some with matching leads - ensure your ferret is always safely by your side so you can whisk him inside should extreme temperatures set in.
Drinkwell Pet Fountain - satisfy your ferret's thirst and water needs whether he's indoors or out. Automatic fountain delivers a continuous, trickling flow of filtered, aerated, and delicious water.

It is important that you help protect your ferret from high temperatures and humidity, both indoors and out. Ferrets are most comfortable when temperatures fall between 60°F and 68°F. But daily forecasts and temperatures can change quickly. As such, it is vital you prepare for any type of outdoor activity and all types of weather.

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