fleas on ferrets

United States
August 28, 2007 8:07pm CST
i am afraid to use anything real harsh to treat fleas on my babies..i am just real adamant about going over them with a flea comb everyday but i was wondering if there was anything anyone has tried that has worked as far as treatments go.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
My ferret had fleas really bad for a while and I gave her baths and picked all of the fleas off one by one but they still came back after all my hard work so then I bought some stuff that made them go away and stay away for six months or more at a time. It is called Bio Spot Flea Control for Cats and Ferrets. It is just this small tube that you apply to the back of their neck just like frontline for dogs. It also came with these little towelettes called Flea Halt! which is a flea and tick repellent it says it is a Farnam Pet Product on the package so I hope that helps you in finding it. I haven't seen a single flea on her since I used it and she was covered before so it works amazingly well. I hope that helps.^^
• United States
9 Nov 07
hi myferrethatesu! (lol) you know i tried that biospot once before...it comes in a pink package, right? and i didn't really notice a difference. i think i tried it last year but i may not have given enough of the treatment to make a positive impact. i washed them with some kitten shampoo and that seemed to work ok, plus it made them smell good! thanks for your response and sorry it took me so long to write back. have a good day!
@sweetcakes (3505)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Give your pet a bath in dawn dish-washing liquid the fleas die quickly.Also mix some in a sprayer to spray infested area`s they die to.
• United States
9 Nov 07
hi sweetcakes! thanks for your response, sorry i didn't reply back in a timely fashion. it seems like a good idea to get some dawn in a sprayer to get tough areas around their cage. die fleas die...lol!!! have a great day.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
7 Sep 07
Years ago we took in a "stray" ferret, walked into a friends house when he opened the door lol. ANyway, she had fleas, so the vet gave us some Advantage for small cats. He said to put just a few drops like 2 or 3 on them. It worked, and they didn't have any problems. Try asking your vet. Another thing, but may be a bit hard to do if your ferret is active in the bath, Dawn liquid dish soap. I've always heard that brand, I'm sure any would work, but it's supposed to suffocate the fleas. Just keep it out of the fert's eyes, and wash their bedding and wipe their cage down good. Might have to repeat in case any eggs hatch.
• United States
9 Nov 07
hi signal20! sorry for the belated comment. i've tried some kitten shampoo and that seemed to work ok..the flea problem has been getting better now that the weather is getting colder, but when summertime comes again i will definitely try some dawn and then more medical treatments. thanks for your response!
• United States
30 Aug 07
I would try a flea shampoo thats suitable for kittens - the active flea-killing ingredient should be pyrethrins. Do not use anything that contains organophosphates, carbamates, or petroleums distillates as these can be harmful. Also stay away from flea sprays, dips and powders. I have heard of towellets (wipes) that are specially designed for ferrets that will kill the fleas and any keep away any future fleas for the next 2 weeks. You may check your local pet stores for products like this. I'm not sure if there are any preventive for fleas on ferrets (such as Frontline and Advantage for Dogs and Cats) but possibly there is a vet in your area that may have some knowledge you can call and ask?
• United States
9 Nov 07
hi littlestars! sorry this is so delayed, i just got back on. i got some kitten shampoo and it seemed to help a little. now that wintertime is settling in i'm sure they will definitely die or at least be reduced. thanks for your comment!