Posted: January 1, 2011, 5 a.m. EST
Q: Is there a chance of a ferret not getting any of those terrible diseases that I read so much about? My precious little ferret girl is 4 years old, and I worry so much about her.
A: Oh, how we all wish this was true! It would be wonderful if there was something we could do to ward off all of these horrible diseases in ferrets! But, as far as we know with diseases such as adrenal gland disease, insulinoma, lymphoma and heart disease, there is little we can do to prevent these from occurring.
Little by little we are learning more about these diseases. And with research moving at a snail’s pace, it is taking an excruciatingly long time to better understand what causes these problems and if there is anything we can do for prevention.
It could be that if you write back in a year, maybe we may know more about one or more of these diseases. But as of now, the best I can say is to visit your veterinarian at least once a year. With any of these diseases, the sooner they are found, the better the chance for a positive outcome.
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