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Five Things Ferrets Need to Stay Healthy

Here are top tips to keep your fuzzy in tip-top shape for years of fun and togetherness. 1. Every ferret needs a high-quality diet that is high in meat protein. Ferrets are carnivores and need animal-based protein in their diet. A good diet is the best foundation to any pet's health care, so it's simply worth it to purchase a high-quality food such as Marshall Premium Diet. Lower quality foods contain fillers, and since a ferret has a very short digestive transit time, the stomach and intestines don't get a chance to absorb enough nutrients. Also, a poor diet can set your ferret up for more serious health problems down the road. 2. Every ferret requires attention and care from his people.
 Ferrets are very social and ideally need human interaction every day to remain happy and healthy. Play with your ferret indoors in a supervised area--just be sure to clear away any potential ingestion hazards. Keep a litter box on-hand in the nearest corner in case your ferret starts backing up--you know what that means! Be sure to reward your ferret for his good behavior with a high-quality treat such as Bandits, which are available in many tasty flavors that ferrets love. 3. Every ferret needs environmental enrichment to stay physically and mentally active. Keep your ferret occupied and stimulated with a range of interactive toys such as tunnels, tubes and hard plastic balls. This will encourage physical activity and exploration when you aren't around. Ferrets do love to explore the world outdoors, but be sure your fuzzy is secured on a leash and harness or inside an enclosure like the Marshall Playpen. It's a big world out there, and if your fuzzy buddy slips away, you may not see him again! 4. Every ferret needs special precautions to avoid hairballs. Ferrets are clean animals and groom themselves, but when they shed, they are prone to hairballs. Unfortunately, they can't expel hairballs by vomiting the way cats do, so hairballs can become an intestinal obstruction. That's why it's important to keep a malt-based laxative on hand, such as Marshall's Ferret Lax, to keep things moving and alleviate this potential problem. 5. Every ferret needs a full series of vaccinations. By the time a baby ferret reaches the pet store, he has generally had a temporary distemper vaccination at the age of 7 to 9 weeks old. For full protection, your ferret should receive the full series of distemper vaccinations to be given at 9, 12 and 16 weeks of age, and then annually thereafter. Ferrets should also receive a rabies shot every year. You can visit www.marshallferrets.com to print out a health/vaccination record from the Customer Service section to help keep your ferret up-to-date.
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