Holiday Ferret Care

The holidays are coming up quickly! You’ll find lots of information available about keeping dogs and cats safe over the next few months. But what about smaller pets, such as ferrets? A local Lexington, KY veterinarian offers some advice on keeping your frisky little buddy safe and healthy in this article.


Trees are a hazard for many pets, and ferrets are no exception. Tinsel, garlands, and needles can all cause painful and dangerous intestinal blockages if swallowed. Live trees can also be toxic, as they may have been treated with pesticides and/or fire retardants. They also produce oils that aren’t safe for small animals. If you get a live tree, the water is also a concern, as it could contain traces of these chemicals. Ornaments, hooks, and lights are dangerous as well. Ferrets love shiny things, so you’ll need to keep your furry pal away from the tree. We recommend using a ferret-proof fence or playpen for that.


Are you hosting a party or dinner? Keep your tiny friend in their cage when you have company over. It’s much too easy for ferrets to get stepped on, or slip beneath a cushion or recliner. Your ferret will probably also feel safer and more comfortable in their own habitat. Pets can get quite stressed out by a lot of noise and commotion!


Trees aren’t the only plants that aren’t safe. Many popular holiday plants, such as holly, ivy, mistletoe, and poinsettias, are toxic to small animals. Keep these well away from those tiny paws! You’ll also want to watch for signs of ingestion, such as drooling, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Contact your vet if you notice any of these.


String lights can definitely make your home look both cozy and festive. Just make sure that your playful pet can’t get to the cords. Use taste deterrent on any that you can’t move out of reach.


Wrapping paper and ribbons are both unsafe for your pint-sized pal, as they can cause serious intestinal blockages if swallowed. Keep things like bubble wrap and packing peanuts away from your ferret as well.


Food is another hazard to be aware of. Fatty foods, alcohol, chocolate, and meat on the bone are just a few of the things that are dangerous to ferrets. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Lexington, KY animal clinic, anytime!

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