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Taking Care of Your Ferret’s Coat

A ferret’s coat must be shiny and solid, never dull or dry. Problems with ferret fur can be thinning and poor texture.  External parasites such as fleas, ticks, and pests can cause problems but are often apparent to the naked eye. The most frequent cause for baldness in an adult neutered male or female ferret is adrenal gland disease.

Normal ferret skin is pink and smooth without flakes, scabs or discoloration. In the winter, the air could be dry and cold, which could dehydrate the ferret’s skin. When the skin is dry, you might detect small white flakes all over. Furthermore, the ferret may scratch frequently. Utilize a cool air humidifier, not really a warm air vaporizer, inside your pet’s room in the winter.

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As well as the humidifier you can even use emollient skin sprays entirely on the ferret to include water towards the skin and hair coat. Furthermore, ferrets naturally eat a diet saturated in fat and their skin can become flaky and dry if they don’t get sufficient quantities. If improving the humidity in the environment and including fatty acid supplements for the ferret’s diet does not help, then further exploration of unusually dry skin is needed. Ferrets affected by adrenal gland disease can frequently exhibit very itchy skin as well.

Remember that normal ferrets are very itchy critters and like to scratch with a passion, you can hear the ferret’s foot striking the floor in addition to their chattering! Do not mistake the healthy sounds of regular periodic scratching with any abnormality.

 

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