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Ferret Shakes Head

What’s the reason why eating or drinking causes a ferret to shake its head?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: June 1, 2012, 12 p.m. EDT

Q: Why does my ferret shake its head every time it drinks or eats?

A: My ferrets do this, too, but it is probably best to have it checked out with your veterinarian to make sure there isn’t anything wrong with your ferret’s ears, etc.

If your ferret is healthy, my theory is that because their nose is so close to the end of their face and their mouth, ferrets probably get water in their nose occasionally when they drink. We see it often in baby animals learning to drink instead of suck; for some reason, the water seems to get up their nose as much as in their mouth!

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