Common Diseases in Ferrets

Ferret is derived from a Latin word known as “furittus,” which means “little thief.” Historically, ferrets are used for hunting rabbits as well as rodents. 

But do you know ferrets can sleep for at least 16 hours a day, isn’t it shocking? But, it's true!

Not only this, ferrets are quite curious and playful, due to which people like to keep them as a pet. Moreover, they are highly active around the twilight hours. Thus, they are ideal for those who have full-time jobs because the ferrets can be left to doze off on their own for hours in a day.

People have started adopting ferrets in the United States due to their friendly yet curious nature. But of course, ferrets are good pets, but they can spread infectious diseases. Above all, the germs in ferrets can cause several types of illness in people ranging from mild to severe.

So, you must be thinking that how can I be aware of those diseases and take measures to prevent them while keeping a ferret as a pet? The answer is pretty obvious: You have to wash your hands with soap to eliminate germs and serious illnesses, especially after touching ferrets, their cage, or food.

However, households with infants or young children under the age of five should not keep pet ferrets. Wondering why? Young children will have a higher risk of injuries from their bites.

Here you will learn some tips on routine veterinary care and health tips for people less likely to get injured or ill by a ferret.