Alright so what does everyone use instead of that ridiculous ear wash they have for ferrets? Jude is in desperate need of getting his ears cleaned, I searched them when he was sleeping and realized they are awful! I don't think he's EVER had his ears cleaned... I doubt they do it before they leave the mill. The people I got him from weren't that ferret savvy, and he's only 12 weeks. Soo... what can I use? What do you use? The only oils I have in the house is vegetable oil and baby oil. What do you do to distract them? How often should I clean them?
I would get his ears checked for ear mites at the vet. Pooka had them when I got him at the pet store, and I'm positive that clyde does. Sooooo, your little jude just might have them too.
When I clean their ears I just use a tiny bit of warm water and a q-tip. DON'T sick the q-tip in his ear canal. Just the part of the ear you can see. They have really small bones in there that can break easy, and if I can remember right, the ear drum is close to the surface. So just be careful
I think I'll try the warm water and Q-tips. I'll be making him a vet appointment soon, I'm not sure on if he has mites or not, not exactly sure what I'm looking for, they said dark wax, which I think he has but that can be contributed to not having his ears cleaned in his 12 weeks of existence.
Jude scratches from time to time but never his back... I just finished cleaning his ears with just water, all the wax was yellow or reddish in color, not blood colored or dark. I think we're safe, he'll still be seeing a vet here in a few weeks when I get his playmate, they offer discount for doing them together. He was pretty good once I got a good scruff on him. He didn't seem to mind it too much, at first he thought I was going to kill him with the Q-tips, I practice just rotating the Q-tip on the tuff of hair in front of his ear and I think he liked it
Post by miamiferret2 on Apr 27, 2011 14:48:18 GMT -5
i believe garlic is poisonous to dogs and ferrets. anything going on the skin will be absorbed. i wouldn't use that. the marshall's ear cleaner works just fine. or any dog ear wash that you can get from the vet.
I believe it's cats and ferrets that should not consume garlic. Though in ears the small amount you would be using is considered safe. Most of it gets wiped out with q tip, so not much left to lick off. Follow the link i gave there is more info there, some from this site and another.
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Post by miamiferret2 on Apr 27, 2011 15:24:30 GMT -5
I guess so. I'm just paranoid and I am afraid to use anything if i hear that it is bad or poisonous to them bc they are such small animals. it really doesn't take much to do them in. one of my ferrets was poisoned by eating chocolate. and once they are poisoned there is really nothing you can do to help. the vet tried to flush his kidneys but it didn't do any good.
I always used peroxide when I was growing up to clean my cats/dogs ears.. I did buy the marshalls ear cleaner but now I just use a damp qtip or cotton ball. Works pretty well for us, Sam gets really dirty ears, have to clean his every week.. no mites though! It's weird how some ferrets will never have any wax and others can have absolutely disgusting ears.
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