Did you know that ferrets are susceptible to influenza? If you have the flu, you should avoid close contact with your pet. This virus can be transmitted from one ferret to another, and from humans to ferrets.
Symptoms will appear 48 hours after infection. Ferrets will have a fever and will appear more tired. If this is the case, they will be less active, will lie down longer and may even stop feeding. Sneezing, watery eyes and coughing may be noticed. If your ferret is very young, old or has another health problem, this virus may affect them more.
If you believe that your pet has been weakened by this virus, we recommend that you make an appointment with your veterinarian. Similar to human flu, ferret flu can sometimes become complicated and require treatment. In the meantime, if your ferret's appetite has decreased, you should encourage him to eat with a highly palatable food. Also, make sure he drinks. With the fever, he could quickly become dehydrated.
There is no flu vaccine available for ferrets. To avoid contaminating your pet when you have the flu, the best solution is to manipulate it as little as possible. Wash your hands well and don't hold your ferret for too long, because the virus is transmitted through the mouth and nose.
Remember, prevention is the best thing you can do for your ferret!