Sick ferret

Articles to help when your ferret is sick.

Caring for a ferret with insulinoma

This question was posed on a Facebook group and this is my (rather long-winded) reply. What can I do for my ferret with insulinoma? Our old guy was diagnosed a few months back and for the last few weeks has had diarrhea. The vet thinks it’s a GI infection (he’s been on two different rounds…

Getting Them To Eat It

Sometimes ferrets won’t eat something we offer them, even though we know it’s good and most other ferrets like it. In this case, rubbing a bit on the tongue once or twice a day for several days will usually do the trick. For example, some ferrets don’t know Ferretone is wonderful. Others will gobble it right down, but some will turn…

Force-Feeding Duck Soup

Okay, so your ferret is sick and won’t eat. You have to force it to eat*, or it will die. By now you have seen the vet, maybe gotten it a water shot and some meds. But the ferret won’t get better if it doesn’t eat. When a ferret is very sick and/or dehydrated, they often won’t eat or drink on their own. They will fight you at first, but usually after…

Duck Soup

Duck soup is the general term for any kind of liquid or near-liquid food fed to ferrets when they’re sick, recovering from surgery, or need to gain weight. My duck soup (otherwise known as “chicken goo” or “yum yums”) is not the dry powder sold as Uncle Jim’s Duck Soup. I don’t like that much and neither do my ferrets. I think it would…

Barb’s Yum-Yum Recipe

Duck soup is the general term for any kind of liquid or near-liquid food fed to ferrets when they’re sick, recovering from surgery, or need to gain weight. My duck soup (otherwise known as “chicken goo” or “yum yums”) is not the dry powder sold as Uncle Jim’s Duck Soup. I don’t like that stuff much and neither do my ferrets…