Human Influenza Virus Treatment in Ferrets Depending on the condition of the ferret's overall health, the vet may decide to begin fluid treatment. This treatment injects additional liquids into the ferret's body, preventing dehydration and weariness caused by a lack of appetite. The vet may also prescribe medication to reduce fever and pain associated with the flu.
In addition to treating the ferret for its illness, the vet may choose to administer a vaccine to protect it from coming down with the flu again. The shot should be given about two weeks before the start of flu season (springtime) in order to be effective.
The vet may recommend that your ferret not eat or drink anything after midnight because they are more likely to develop acid reflux disease if they do. This is because they are still feeling the effects of the virus and its symptoms (which include nausea and vomiting). Not eating will help prevent further contamination of their already-fragile stomach lining with bacteria that cause inflammation of the pancreas (acidity).
Your ferret should also stay away from any objects that could be used as weapons such as curtains or furniture until their status has been determined. They could hurt themselves when trying to fight off pain or discomfort caused by the flu.
If your ferret has the flu, they need your care just like anyone else who is sick.
Antibiotic treatment, nutritional assistance, and placement in an oxygen tent may alleviate discomfort and lessen the animal's suffering. However, because this disease causes symptoms in ferrets that are comparable to human influenza, therapy should always be undertaken. Also, since ferrets can be infected by contact with someone who has flu, they must not be exposed to other animals or people.
Here are some basic guidelines for treating and preventing infections in your ferret:
• Wash your hands before and after handling your pet. Be sure to wash them well with soap and water if you have been around sick animals or their waste. Disinfect your hands with an antibacterial cleanser before patting down your ferret's coat.
• Keep your ferret's environment clean. Use disinfectants on furniture and equipment that is shared with multiple pets. Make sure that there are no stray wires, objects, or toys that could be dangerous for your pet to chew on or play with.
• Take your ferret to the vet if it appears ill. A visit from the vet is especially important if your ferret has a history of health problems or is older than three months.
• Feed a probiotic supplement. These products contain beneficial bacteria that help control intestinal disorders such as diarrhea. Consider giving your ferret one every day if it has diarrhea frequently.
Topical cat drugs Ivermectin (tm) and Revolution (tm) may be helpful, but they should only be administered under the supervision of a veterinarian who is knowledgeable with ferrets. It's also critical to clean and treat the surroundings (including the cage and bedding), particularly where the animal lives and visits. Mite droppings are visible to the naked eye as brownish-black dots on ferret fur and skin. They can also be collected in fine nets and examined under a microscope.
Ferrets spread mites through physical contact, so if you have several ferrets being kept together in one home, make sure to purchase only one type of ferret. The mites live on the ferrets, cats, and other animals that fall into mangers or interact with their environment. Since young ferrets often come from multiple litters born at different times, they can be infected with mites.
Mites can be difficult or impossible to get rid of once they have taken hold in an environment, so treatment is important for preventing further outbreaks. Ferrets with severe cases of sarcoptic mange may need to be put down because there are no effective treatments available outside of this context.
If your ferret has mange, take them to your vet right away so it can be treated properly.