Alternative Medicine for Ferrets

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HomeopathyHerbsAcupunctureChiropracticHolistic MedicineNatural Feeding

As we decide that we would like to keep ferrets in cages (happily, many have greater liberty), for our own pleasure, we must do all we can to ensure suitability and richness of their environment and optimum quality of life. They are vivacious, inquisitive and very active creatures, related to otters, weasels, stoats, polecats and badgers. They are obligate carnivores.

N.B. They are susceptible to zinc toxicity (from galvanised cages).

Consider whether the animal may be allowed to roam the house. Ferrets can live free in the house, depending on certain structural issues. They can also spend a large amount of time around one's person. They make wonderful characters, when given a chance to express their full potential.

They can be prone to idiosyncratic drug reactions, with modern conventional drug therapy. They are prone to some infectious dog diseases and some of cats. Happily, ferrets respond well to homeopathic input and do not show adverse effects. This makes the treatment of sick animals very rewarding to the veterinary homeopath. Although rather apt to wriggle, they can also enjoy acupuncture.

We usually see ferrets at the AVMC premises but house visits can also be arranged, more or less UK-wide.

Whether we see a ferret at the AVMC or at home, we look closely at previous veterinary history and results of any tests or investigations. We take an extensive history, enquire into diet and lifestyle, ask about management of the home, garden and other environments and examine the ferret closely.

While offering a different alternative to the conventional norm, the use of homeopathy, acupuncture and other alternative therapies does not rule out the need for a proper examination and assessment of each individual patient, necessary diagnostic tests, appropriate measures to repair injury and a study of natural lifestyle and diet, in order to be able to speed recovery. We have enjoyed a good measure of success through this methodology, seeing, as in other species, recoveries from diseases which are usually associated with a poor prognosis in conventional terms and wisdom.

Holistic medicine and management implies that the environment, the diet, the animal’s individual nature and demeanour and the interaction with humans are all taken into account and modified for optimum health.

  • Have you ever been told that your ferret is now untreatable?
  • Are you concerned about the safety of modern drugs for your ferret?
  • Do you know what is in the foods or supplements you are using?
  • Are you confused by manufacturers' claims?

There may be another way …. Holistic methodology may provide some of the answers you are seeking.

See also:

Ferret Topics
Nutrition & Natural Feeding
Case Histories
Ferret Diseases
Preventive Medicine
Cage Mammals
Notifiable Diseases


Some of these conditions have been seen and treated at the AVMC:

Abscess Botulism Campylobacter Cancer
Cardiomyopathy Distemper Fleas Heat Stroke
Influenza Leukaemia Osteodystrophy Ringworm
Ticks Urolithiasis

Click on any condition for more information. Send a request if a disease is not shown or is not yet covered. N.B. Some of these links are in preparation.

While the only promises that can be made are that we will always concentrate and put in maximum effort on your animal’s behalf, and strive for excellence in the application of holistic natural medicine techniques, we are able to report an encouraging level of success in such troublesome and chronic conditions. A great many creatures have surprised their human companions with their ability to defy prognosis and recover. Follow a full holistic program and rely on the animal’s innate healing ability.

See also: Pet Care

Ferret vital information:

Reasonable life expectancy 10 – 14 years

Rectal Temperature

Respiratory Rate

Heart Rate

Gestation Period

100.8oF – 104oF

35 breaths per minute 240 (220 – 250)

42 days

Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):

  • Homeopathic treatment
  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Herbal treatment (Phytotherapy)
  • Aromatherapy treatment
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Nutritional advice – Feeding advice
  • LASER treatment
  • Ultrasound treatment
  • Back manipulation – Back treatment
  • Bach Flowers
  • Holistic medicine – Holistic veterinary medicine
  • Flower Essences
  • Tissue Salts
  • Holistic therapy – Holistic treatment – Holistic care
  • Holistic advice
  • Integrated medicine
  • Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
  • CAM – CAVM
  • Natural Feeding – Natural Diet

These approaches represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm but the use of alternative therapies does not do away with the need for a thorough examination and assessment. Nor does it preclude the use of modern diagnostic techniques where necessary. A holistic vet will take into account all these things, in addition to closely scrutinizing lifestyle, diet, environment etc.

Natural ferret