Can Ferrets Get Fleas?

ferretThe Short Answer:

Ferrets can get fleas, and if they do, it can cause you as the ferrets owner a big headache.  If your ferret manages to get fleas, you will not only have to deal with the fleas on your ferret, but you will also have to treat your entire house to get rid of the fleas.


How To Find If Your Ferret Has Fleas:

Out DoorsFerrets usually get fleas outdoors when the air is warm and humid.  THis is because it is the optimum environment for fleas to spread.  They will usually get fleas from other house pets carrying them inside, or from being exposed to outdoor animals.  Flea eggs can remain dormant for up to two years, meaning if you recently moved in new furniture, or moved into a new home, your ferret could have gotten fleas from being exposed to the eggs.


To see if your ferret has fleas, you should run a flea bruch through its hair.  If you do not have one, blow at your ferrets fur, so that you can see its skin.  You might see small insects the sice of a pen tip on its fur.


file000511004361[1]Getting Rid Of Fleas:

The first step is to buy flea shampoo meant for ferrets.  Most pet stores will have them.  Once you bathe your ferret, it is important that you put it in a new environment that has not been exposed to the fleas.  If you put it back where it was, the fleas will climb back onto your ferret.


The next sep is to buy flea spray, and spray any surface that cannot be washed. Talek everything that can be washed, and wash it in hot water to kill the fleas, and the eggs.  Make sure that the flea spray you buy does not have cedar oils as these are toxic to ferrets.


Prevention From Fleas:

It is always a good idea to prevent your ferret from getting fleas before it is too late.  It will save you a lot of time, energy, and money in the long run.  You can buy flea repellent spray for ferrets, as well as create natural flea repellents that give your ferret a far slighter risk of getting fleas.


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5 Responses

  1. Ring says:

    My ferret had fleas. It was really hard to get rid of them because we have carpeting in the house. It took about 2 weeks to get them under control.

  2. Aurora A says:

    I dont know if mine has fleas. She has the symptoms of fleas, but we have no other pets, and she is only indoors. I dont know how she could have gotten them.

  3. prescott breeden says:

    Thanks for the info, the videos does a great job of telling you about fleas.

  4. Tades R says:

    Fleas in ferrets are not that uncommon. My ferret had fleas as well.

  5. Ozzy says:

    Thanks for the helpful advice. The video helped a lot.

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