Ferrets are fun loving animals and they are great as pets at home. Indeed, a ferret can brighten up your house and he can definitely be a source of joy to you and your family. However, taking care of a ferret is not as easy as many people may think. Indeed, a person needs to take extra effort and time when caring for a ferret especially when he is down with a cold.
Just like any other animals, ferrets can also acquire all sorts of diseases and illnesses. More often than not, a ferret can experience a cold or flu and at times he can even get it from you. It is important that if you catch such an illness, that you take extra caution in handling your ferret as much as possible, distancing yourself from him for a while.
Normally, a person can not automatically distinguish if a ferret already has a cold. Since you are dealing with an animal that can not talk, it's very difficult to tell if your pet ferret has contracted a disease. However, since ferrets are naturally energetic and mobile animals, you can immediately notice if your pet is down with a disease when he starts to feel lethargic most of the time.
In addition, you can also know that your ferret has a cold if he is dehydrated. This means that your pet ferret is losing his hair around his neck and his skin is falling off. Dehydration is a symptom of a ferret cold and once you have noticed such a thing, make sure that you take necessary actions immediately.
Like a human, another symptom of a ferret cold is when your pet experiences runny nose and often sneezing and coughing. Furthermore, a ferret cold may also be accompanied by fever and diarrhea. Such symptoms definitely make it difficult for anyone to tell if indeed your pet ferret is experiencing colds since these symptoms are also similar to other ferret illnesses. In this case, it is definitely important to have your ferret checked with the veterinarian to see the true results.
If indeed your ferret has a cold, then it is necessary that you give him lots of fluids. Fluids will definitely hydrate his body and you should keep giving him such until he gets better. A ferret, especially a sick one, can dehydrate very fast; even vomiting can cause dehydration for him. Moreover, if the veterinarian has prescribed medicine and other ways to take care of your pet ferret, then you should follow his instructions. This way, you can expect your ferret to be in a fast recovery.
If in case you have done the necessary things to relieve your ferret from his cold and yet he still shows the said symptoms, then you should take a second trip to the veterinarian. Perhaps your ferret is experiencing an additional illness other than a common cold and it is important that he is cured as soon as he is diagnosed.