When Ferrets Vomit:
Our one year old Ralph woke up this morning and suddenly
began vomiting.? This lasted for about 3 minutes.? After
that he was just hiding in a cover. We were really worried
about him, but then all the sudden when one of us walked
to our bedroom? (no ferret zone) he jumped up all happy
and raced us into the room and just hopped around in there
like nothing happened.? I was worried about a blockage,
but he doesn't chew on things and we give him laxative
about once a week to keep up with his shedding.? He's been
eating regularly and going to the bathroom normally. There
was a lot of vomit and it looked like food, so we were
thinking (and hoping) that the only problem was the food
had gone bad somehow.? If you can think of why he would
seem so sick one moment and so happy the next, or if you
think anything is wrong, I'd love your advice.
It sounds as if he could have got some of his food
stuck and it all came back. Has he had anymore episodes
since yesterday? Sometimes ferrets eat too fast and
the food does not digest and they end up vomiting.
As long as he does not keep doing it he
should be fine, it can happen on occasion. Do make
sure that your food is fresh and when you open a new
bag make sure it is sealed, to keep fresh. Also change
food in his dish everyday so it does not sit and go
stale. Do not buy huge bags of food, unless you can
separate and keep sealed, with some frozen if it is
going to last a long time. If he continues to vomit
then you will need to take him to the vet for a checkup.
Hi, my ferret is vomiting and I don't know why.
He is not really active either. What should I do?
How old is he? Could he have chewed on any rubber,
such as toys, sneakers, rubber bands, balloons etc..
Normally ferrets only vomit when they have an obstruction
which can be caused by rubber objects, cloth and
even hairball's(has he been shedding?).
Whatever the cause you need to take him
to the vet, if it is a blockage then he could die if
you do nothing. He could also have some serious digestive
problems so an exam by a ferret knowledgeable vet should
be able to determine why he is vomiting.
Are you leaving food for him at ALL times? Sometimes
a ferret left without food will devour his food too
quickly and will then vomit. Also make sure the food
is fresh each day and not 'out of date' as this too
could cause vomiting if food is bad.
Since you said the ferret is very lethargic, is he
eating at all and is he drinking? Until you can get
him to the vet you might want to try giving him some
chicken baby food mixed with a little water, but please
get him to the vet asap.
My ferret is about 4 years old and lately I notice
she is throwing up quite a bit. Any clues to what this
might be? I see her struggling trying to throw up. Could
it be hair-balls? I never see her licking her self like
a cat though. I know my mother use to give our cat mineral
oil for this probelm. Your advice would be deeply appreciated.
Is your ferret actually vomiting or just trying?
She could have a hairball which has built up overtime,
it would not be good to give her a laxative at this point,
it might cause more damage.
My advice would be to take her to the
vet. He can do an Xray and although the obstruction
may not show, there will be a lot of gas. Has she eaten
any rubber toys or fabric from blankets, these will
also cause blockages. Sometimes they can be there for
a longtime before actually blocking the stomach or
The other concern I have is, if she is
just heaving or pawing at the mouth, this is due to
hypoglycemia (low blood sigar) the ferret will feel
nauseated when hungry. If this is the case then you
should ask your vet to check her blood glucose. Until
then you can give her GERBERS BABYFOOD(blue label)
CHICKEN or TURKEY, give her 3-4 teaspoons twicw a day,
warm it with a little water.
If it is her blood glucose that is low
the chicken will help to level it off and keep it from
dropping so quickly. Your vet will advise you about
the need for medicine to control her sugar level.
Hi my name is Rachele and I am the proud owner of 8 ferrets. I love them so much!!!
They eat and sleep well and play for 4-5 hours a day. My question is what
could make them throw up? They don't do it a lot. They are a little over
a year old and each on has done it at least twice in there live time. Could
it be hair balls? I give them ferret lax once a week and a vitamin every
3 days. They act fine. I know a man who also has allot of ferrets and he
said his has never done that. It would cost a lot to take them all to the
vet but it could be done. Should I be worried? Please e mail me if you have
There are a few reasons why ferrets vomit, usually it is because of an obstruction
(ferrets love to chew on rubber and sometimes cloth), however if this was the
case, the ferret would continue to vomit, or go completely off his food and you
would see little elimination at the other end.
What you are describing sounds more like the ferret has eaten too rapidly and
the food has not been digested, you can tell if this is so by looking at what
is expelled, does it look like food. Another reason a ferret will vomit food
is if the food may be rancid, too old, or left in the dish too long.
Food should be given fresh each day, or should not be left longer than two days,
many foods are preserved with vitamin E which will go rancid. Also food should
be available all the time as the ferret will eat small meals often. If the ferret
should go hungry he may bolt his food down and this will then cause him to vomit.
If the vomit is clear, or foamy liquid, it could be a hairball, but once again
you would need to watch that it comes out the other end, as hairballs often cause
obstructions and have to be removed surgically. Sometimes a ferret can have an
obstruction that will move around in the stomach and this often times will cause
ulcers, however once again you would be able to tell as the ferret would have
difficulty eating and would grind his teeth!
My advice would be to watch each ferret carefully, making sure they are eating
regularly and eliminating normally, if you suspect a problem then separate that
ferret from the others and monitor his actions. If you suspect any of the problems
that I mentioned then it will be best to contact your veterinarian.
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