How to Give Your Pet Ferret a Bath

A guide to safely keeping your ferret’s coat clean, healthy and odor-free.

Whether your pet ferret loves or hates bath time, this guide will help you make sure that your ferret’s baths are safe and help keep its coat and skin in top condition. Ferrets don’t require frequent bathing; in fact, giving your ferret too many baths can irritate their sensitive skin and trigger their musk glands, increasing their natural odor.

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Some ferrets enjoy baths, swimming and playing in the water, while others are frightened and will try to get away from the bathtub or sink, and you, as quickly as possible. If your ferret enjoys baths, supervise their play until you are ready to shampoo. Never leave a ferret unattended in water.

Fill the bathtub or sink with about 2-3 inches of warm, but not hot water. You’ll probably want to use something slightly cooler then you would select for your own baths or showers.  Place your ferret gently into the water, offering soothing ear scratches or soft words to calm them if you notice anxiety. Sometimes, water-shy ferrets will have accidents during baths.  If this happens, remove the waste with a cup or scoop and refill the tub or sink with warm water.

Using your hand or a small cup, carefully pour water over your ferret’s back, dampening the fur. Use a dime sized amount for ferret-safe shampoo, available online or at your local pet supply store, gently massaging it into your ferret’s fur. Be careful to avoid the ears, eyes and nose. Gently rinse with warm water.

If you wish to use a conditioner, repeat the process, however most ferret shampoos have conditioning agents, and there are a number of very effective spray on, leave-in conditioners available which are very effective and provide between-bath freshness.

Gently scruff your ferret by lightly grasping the loose skin at the base of the neck. Don’t pull or lift, simply hold gently with one hand while you carefully wash the ears and muzzle with clean, warm water. Be careful not to get water inside the ferret’s delicate ears.

Lightly towel off your ferret and place them in a large box or closed room with old, clean towels or rags. Your ferret will dry itself by vigorously rolling in the provided material and shaking.

It’s not recommended to bathe your ferret more than once a month, many owners prefer to do so every two to three months, using a ferret skin and coat spray and cleansing ferret wipes regularly in between baths to keep their pet smelling fresh, and their coat and skin healthy.

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    On October 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm


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