Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease in Ferrets



Special dental tools will be used to remove all plaque and calculus, to polish the teeth, and to rinse them. A gentle technique is necessary when cleaning, as ferret teeth are more fragile than canine or feline teeth. He or she will then teach you how to clean your ferret’s teeth, and appointments for follow-up examinations should be scheduled. Antibiotics are generally not necessary in patients with mild gingivitis, but may be prescribed for severe disease.


Living and Management


Regular oral reexaminations as well as oral home care are effective in treating and preventing future cases of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Your veterinarian may also recommend dietary changes, including a move to more hard types of foods, which tend to leave less substrate on the teeth than soft food.