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Ferrets And Worms

Do ferrets get worms?

By Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP
Posted: August, 1, 2009, 10:15 p.m. EDT

Q: I just noticed white things in my ferret’s poop in her cage. Are these things worms?
 
A: Yes, ferrets can get intestinal worms just like dogs and cats. What you see could be evidence of worms. If your ferret has worms, they could be one of a few different types.

Bring a sample of the worms, a sample of your ferret’s bowel movements and your ferret to the veterinarian so he or she can determine what species of worms these may be. It’s important to know the species of worm because different species require different types of medication to eliminate them.

Also, depending on the time of year, where your ferret is kept and how often you clean, these may not be worms but fly larva that have “hatched” in the feces and appear to be worms.

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I have had a ferret now for about 8 months, a friend asked me to watch his cat for a week and my ferret got fleas. I've been playin hell to get rid of the fleas. Now that the flea treatment is going on, I notice flies all over the house, during almost winter. I notice all over my fuzzy's stool is what appears to be worms, the are brown and kinda flat...These are hard times and as bad as I feel for my fuzzy, I cant afford a vet right now as I just got laid off. what should I do???
Bode, Portland, OR
Posted: 10/28/2009 7:18:27 PM
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