I know ferrets already have dry skin and often scratch and bite themselves, however it has increased and I just found out my dog has it. My ferret runs with my dog, on my dog, and around my dog every time he's out so I'm sure the increase in him itching is he has fleas aswell. I don't really know what to get him with my research. 1. Flea Shampoo: I don't want to get him this because you aren't supposed to bathe your ferret often, I don't know how many times I need to wash him to get rid of them all either. 2. Powder: I don't want to get him this because it can cause lung issues and like cats, ferrets lick themselves. 3. Frontline TopSo for cats: I'm thinking this is my best choice, because it will get rid of the fleas, and continue to have them off. Giving him half a dosage of a cats on his neck but I'm scared of him getting a reaction to it or it harming him. What should I do?
Hi and welcome to the HFF. Fleas can be really tough on a ferret. We had fleas once, and I went to the ferret vet. He told me to get a flea comb and check him regularly. You will want to bathe him with a flea shampoo, and then apply the frontline on his back and between his shoulder blades. Make sure the Frontline is for small cats. I have used it several times and never had a reaction, and the vet approved it. Everyone here has different ideas and someone else, may have a more holistic suggestion.
Yay thank you! What would you suggest about the carpet? He runs around on it and I'm not sure how to get rid of them there (I'm sure they are there). Everyone suggests powder, but then again he has the problem of that getting into his lungs because he's so low to the ground?
Fleas spend most of their lives in their surrounding area, not on their hosts...so treating their living space is an absolute necessity. This means an extensive use of the vacuum cleaner. This means a daily regime of cleaning the carpets, baseboards and surrounding area. You then empty the bag or cleaner daily. Fleas have a 2 week schedule, so it usually takes a month to get rid of the fleas. You can resort to various sprays or powders but make sure your ferret and your dog are not in the room while they're down or 'active'. cio