Ferret Heartworm And Other Parasites

Heartworm: Ferrets are susceptible to heartworm disease, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Having just one heartworm can be fatal to your ferret, therefore your pet needs to be on heartworm preventive year around. Heartworm prevention is prescribed from a licensed veterinarian and given once a month.

Fleas: Ferrets get fleas like other animals. Fleas can transmit other parasites, such as tapeworm, cause severe skin irritation, itching, hair loss, and anemia in severe cases. Do not use flea collars on ferrets, and remember to treat the environment as well as the pet. Ask our veterinarians about effective flea control products that are safe for your ferret.

Deworming and fecal exams for intestinal parasites: A yearly fecal examination is necessary for the detection of intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, discomfort/pain, and anemia to your pet. Not all parasites are visual without the aid of a microscope. If your pet is positive for intestinal parasites deworming can be performed for the specific parasite. Certain parasites can be transmitted to people, especially children and immunocompromised individuals.

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