Ferrets are considered geriatric at 3 years of age. Twice-yearly physical examinations with additional testing finds problems and leads to prompt treatments that extend quality of life for the ferret. Bloodwork, urinalysis, dental examination, and imaging including radiographs and ultrasonography should be performed at least annually. Specialized testing includes echocardiography, electrocardiology, blood pressure, computed tomography scanning, and dental radiography depending on the ferret. Common problems include dental disease, cardiomyopathy, renal disease, musculoskeletal disorders, chronic gastrointestinal disorders, and neoplasias. Insulinoma, adrenal neoplasia, lymphoma, and skin tumors are commonly found neoplasias. Medical and surgical treatments and adjunctive complimentary therapies are discussed.
Keywords: Cardiomyopathy Dental disease Geriatric ferret Neoplasia Renal disease