Your Ferrets’ Health

Knowing what to look out for and checking your ferrets regularly can help keep them healthy.

Keeping your ferrets fit and healthy

You should check your ferrets regularly for any signs of ill health. Take young ferrets to the vet once a year for a check-up. Once they reach the age of 3 or older, take them twice a year to your vet. If you notice one of your ferrets is showing a change in behaviour or has changed their eating or drinking patterns, seek the advice of a vet as soon as possible.

Vaccinate your ferrets once a year. They should be vaccinated against canine distemper and, if you’re travelling abroad, rabies. Both can be fatal so it’s really important to keep on top of your ferrets’ vaccinations.

Common health problems

Ferret health check

You know your ferret best. If you think one of your ferrets isn’t behaving as normal or seems unwell, it is best to contact your vet as soon as possible and get them checked over.

Behaviour: Your ferrets are most active at dawn and dusk, so that’s the best time to see them having fun! When your ferrets are up and about, keep an eye on how they’re behaving. Check if they seem to have less energy than normal, if they’re sleeping more and whether they are eating and drinking as usual

Body: When handling your ferrets, take note if they’re sensitive to touch or seem to be in pain. Also keep an eye on any lumps or bumps

Eyes: Check regularly for any signs of discharge from your ferret’s eyes

Mobility: When your ferrets are alert and having fun playing around, keep an eye on how well they’re moving and if they are limping

Nose: Check your ferret’s nose regularly for any signs of discharge

Skin and coat: Keep an eye on your ferrets’ coat for any signs of fur loss and check their skin for any open wounds

Quick tip

It's important to house your ferret at the right temperature. Ferrets are prone to heat stroke and can't tolerate temperature over 26 degrees.
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Neutering your ferrets


If a jill isn’t mated or neutered, she will continue to cycle in oestrus, or season. This results in high circulating oestrogen levels which can lead to hair loss or anaemia. This can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. It is a good idea to seek advice from your vet to understand the different options available for neutering or using medication to stop the season.


Neutering hobs is ideal for avoiding unwanted pregnancies and can decrease ferret odour. There are various options so please seek the advice of your vet for more information.

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If you should have any concerns about the health of your pet, always consult a vet.