Ferrets are susceptible to flu and what’s more, they can catch the flu from humans. They can also pass the flu on to humans.
Ferrets are vulnerable to most strains including A and B flu types.
Symptoms to look for: thick clear discharge from nose and eyes, sneezing, conjunctivitis, loss of appetite, weakness, fever. Just as with humans, the infection lasts about a week.
Flu can be more serious for younger or older ferrets and those with comprised immune systems. Complications such as pneumonia can occur.
Viruses like flu usually just run their course. But if your ferret is very weak and lethargic, nasal and eye discharges change color to yellow or green, stops eating or drinking, coughs, contact your veterinarian immediately. These signs can indicate a more serious condition. Your vet can prescribe medications to relieve the symptoms.
If you have the flu or if your ferret has the flu, try to limit contact. If you have more than one ferret, isolate the one that is ill. Keep food and water dishes, toys, bedding, etc. separate from the other ferret or ferrets. Wash hands frequently to help infection from spreading to other ferrets and members of your family.
If you have any questions or are unsure of your ferret’s condition, contact your vet as soon as possible. We try to help, but your vet is the go to person for any sign of illness.