How to Get Rid of Fleas on Ferrets

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Ferrets

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This is the big scary word that could be after you adorable little ferrets. Well, not the word actually.

But it’s what they are called – the flea genus that will sneak into the dense fur of your pet and make it itchy-scratchy all the time.

We are guessing that you are here because you are worried about the well-being of your ferret.

Well, so are we. To get to the root of the problem, we will give you some practical solutions, by following which you will be able to debug your cheeky little bugger.

So, without wasting your time, let’ dive into the article.

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Ferrets

Here, I’ll tell you about the ways you can protect the ferrets from fleas.

Give Them a Nice Soapy Bath

Well, this is actually a no-brainer, but this is the first step. Although it’s probably best to give them a bath every day in order to be on the safe side all the time.

So, let’s get down to business. Use a ferret flea shampoo, if you and your ferret are fancy. They are particularly designed to be gentle on ferret fur. But they’re not the only soapy option for you.

As long as cleaning is concerned, your regular dish soap or mild baby shampoo will do the exact work. Pour the soapy liquid of your choice into warm water, and mix well. Put your ferret inside, and scrub away.

Scrub gently and thoroughly without missing any spot, to make sure the currently residing fleas all leave the furry blanket. Flush the water out of the house to make sure the “undead” fleas don’t make a reappearance. But washing alone will be ineffective anyway.

Fleas may attack again. So, you have to up your game and use one of the permanent remedies mentioned below.

Medicate Them with Apple Cider Vinegar

This magical liquid is not only beneficial for humans, but for ferrets too. ACV repels fleas, thus keeping your ferret safe for all of the time. And this is a home remedy that must be used regularly.

You need to add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to one whole gallon of water. This is the ratio at which the solution will be the most effective.

After you give this water to your ferret, keep an eye on it to see if it drinks the water. Some ferrets are sensitive to the smell of ACV, so they might not like to drink it.

If that happens, then you have to use just one tablespoon to ACV to the whole gallon. This will limit the smell to an untraceable degree. Give your ferret some time to get used to it, and then take your time to gradually turn up the dose to the optimum measurement.

Take Help from Chemicals

Go to your local pharmacy or department store and tell them about your flea problem. Fleas are a common enemy of many pets, so the store will know what to give you. Get something that will prevent the fleas from latching onto your ferret in the future as well.

  • Ingestible Medication

These repelling chemicals come in tablet form as well. The most popular one is called Program. You have to crush the tablet into powder and mix it into your ferret’s food. This should be done on a monthly basis.
The tablet works by inhibiting the outer hard shell of the flea and stopping its growth. Gradually, the fleas die, and then the dead fleas just fall off when you scrub or comb your ferret.

  • Topical Medication

Some of the medicine come as topical treatments. These are creams that can be applied to the fur of your ferret. This is basically poison for the fleas. When fleas get in contact with the medicine, they die instantaneously.

Gradually, the medicine gets slowly absorbed into the bloodstream of the pet and keeps acting as a repellent in case of future flea attacks.

The good thing about these topical solutions is that they act against other threats as well. They will kill heartworms, mites, ticks and other parasites that target animals.

However, these topical treatments are not preferred by many people because they are quite a messy solution. As the ferret moves around in the house, the chemical rubs off on other things and clothes.

Organic Home Remedies

If you don’t want to use the chemical solution, then you may pick up some garlic, or yeast. These work on the basis that fleas will get repelled by the smell.

Following that principle, some organic flavored oils like lemon oil, lavender oil, citronella oil, pennyroyal oil, and so on, will also produce the same repelling effect and keep your ferret free of fleas.

However, there is a downside to this. If these substances are somehow ingested by the ferret, then it might cause an allergic reaction.

So, if you choose this remedy, please keep a close eye on your ferret to make sure that it is not getting uncomfortable or having any sort of reaction to it.

Conclusion

Fleas are a very common problem with animals. Since ferrets are, by nature, very curious and jumpy, if fleas build a nest in your ferret, it will become very fidgety and irritable.

Make sure you handle the situation properly and immediately. Use the remedies suggested, in order to keep your ferrets as happy and playful as they naturally are.

We hope our suggestions will help you to remove the flea problem permanently and help you to be the righteous hero that your fuzzy animal needs. Thank you for reading. Have a good time with your flea-free fun-loving ferret.