Combating Obesity in Ferrets

An obese ferret is not a happy ferret. If your pet ferret’s body weight is obstructing his ability to move and function normally, something needs to change. Of course, it’s easiest to prevent your ferret from becoming obese in the first place. Read more below as a Treasure Coast veterinarian discusses obesity in ferrets, how it happens, and what to do about it.

What Causes Obesity in Ferrets?

Just like other pets—as well as humans—a combination of calorie intake and reduced physical activity results in obesity. If your pet doesn’t exercise enough and eats a lot, he is at risk for becoming obese. If you leave food out continuously, your ferret can eat all the time and not burn the calories off. An excess of fatty treats will also contribute to the problem. Ask your Treasure Coast vet if your ferret care habits might be contributing to your pet’s weight gain.

How Do I Know if My Ferret is Obese?

Obviously the main indicator of obesity is a large weight gain relative to normal body size. Secondary symptoms of obesity may include lethargy and an unwillingness to play or move.

If you’re unsure if your pet is at a healthy weight or not, it’s always a safe bet to have a professional check. Bring your ferret to your Treasure Coast veterinarian’s office and have him or her take a look.

How Do I Treat Obesity in My Pet?

If obesity is already present, treatment will be more difficult than prevention. Remove any sugary, fatty treats from your ferret’s diet right away. Don’t leave food out at all times—designate feeding times and remove the food once the period is up. Also, let your ferret out of his cage to exercise and burn off calories. Ask your Treasure Coast vet about proper feeding times and exercise policies.

How Do I Prevent Obesity in My Pet?

Prevention is the easiest route to combating obesity. Encouraging exercise and discouraging fatty treats and overeating throughout the animal’s life will keep your ferret at a healthy weight. Your Treasure Coast veterinary professional can recommend a good-quality ferret food that contains the nutrients your pet needs.

 

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