Weight Loss in Ferrets



At times your veterinarian may recommend treating your ferret's symptoms, especially if they are severe. This, however, is not a substitute for treating the underlying cause of the weight loss.


Once the appropriate treatment has been assigned, make sure a high-quality diet for your pet is provided. It may be necessary to force-feed, with nutrients and electrolytes given intravenously as necessary. The diet must be supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Appetite stimulants are also used occasionally to get the animal to start eating again. The veterinarian may even recommend warming the food to body temperature and offering it via syringe.


Living and Management


A proper medical follow-up is vital, especially if the animal does not show improvement quickly. Monitoring during this period is also critical. The underlying cause of the weight loss will determine the appropriate course for home care. This includes frequent weigh-ins for the animal. Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for treatment. And if your ferret does not respond to the treatment, contact your vet right away.