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Flea Control In Ferrets

Fleas are not only seasonal problems in ferrets. Most regions have a year-round problem with fleas. The fleas that affect ferrets are the same parasites that affect cats and dogs. But there are places where other species of fleas have been reported. Although there are many flea control products that are available, none of these are approved by the USDA for use in ferrets. Thus, flea products are generally used ‘off-label’ in ferrets, which means using these products on your pet ferret will be at your own risk. Traditional medications for fleas include powders, sprays, shampoos, spot-on, and dips. The most common active ingredients are organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethrins. However flea control products that contain any of these as active ingredients should never be used in ferrets as it can cause serious reactions. The good news is, there are now new flea control products for cats and dogs that contain active ingredients that are less toxic to pets and humans. Take note, however, that these products remain to be not approved for use in ferrets. These active ingredients include imidacloprid, pyriproxyfen, mixidectin, lufenuron, selamectin, and fipronil. 

It is recommended that you consult with your vet Cherry Hill NJ before using any product on your pet ferret.

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