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Question by Tonia
Submitted on 11/24/2003
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I was wondering how do you get rid of fleas for ferrets. My friend has a ferret and the vet won't give her anything. Any suggestions?

Answer by Mellisa
Submitted on 2/16/2004
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I dont know, i have 3 ferrets and they always have fleas..i've been trying to find some stuff for them but all i can do so far is bathe them every week and change their cage and wash everything inside of it..there are only a little bit of fleas for the first couple days then they come back so i was wondering the same thing myself


Answer by Clancy2004
Submitted on 2/17/2004
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Please help my Ferret has fleas and I need to know how to get them off please help. \

They are all over her face her body has none they crawl every ware



Answer by Bethabara9
Submitted on 3/10/2004
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one safe way is to bathe them in dawn dish detergent.


Answer by martmath69@netscape.com
Submitted on 3/25/2004
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Use FRONT LINE in the spray bottle. Wear rubber gloves and spray a small amount onto the gloves, then massage into their skin.


Answer by merinia
Submitted on 4/5/2004
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Advantage is also recomended but you must be sure to treat the area also.


Answer by jose
Submitted on 4/14/2004
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this people are dumb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Answer by Nancy
Submitted on 8/11/2004
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Boil a pint of water & add 1/4 of a lemon & let sit overnight, then bathe your pet in it.  As few as 5 fleas can kill your ferret if it is small, young by causing anemia.


Answer by Aderz
Submitted on 9/25/2004
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Okay, I don't know if this will help anyone...since I see that all these ferret flea questions were back in 2003 and the beginning of 2004. But anyway, I'll just tell you what has worked for me. It's kind of long and excessive, I always take every precaution...it's just the way I am, so bear with me. Okay, find a room in the house where your ferrets never go, to ensure that there are no fleas in there... for me this was the bathroom, and even so, I vacuumed and cleaned the tile and corners and everything real good just to be safe. Get some ferret shampoo, they also make specific flea shampoo for ferrets, give them a warm bath...make sure you begin shampooing them from the head down! This is because once you put your ferret in the tub...any fleas he/she has will migrate from the body up to the head to try and stay out of the water. Lather them up real good, massage the soap in so that it comes in contact with the skin. After I gave my ferrets a bath, I kept them in the just-cleaned, flea-free bathroom while I washed every single bit of bedding in their cage. I also made a mixture of water and vinegar and sprayed it on the shelves, floors and ramps of their cage and wiped everything down real good. I also took out their litter boxes, threw away the litter that had been in there and sterilized the litter boxes. I then poured in new, fresh litter.  In my case, I only allow my ferrets to run around my bedroom and the TV room down the hall, everything else is blocked off. So I figured that these two rooms where the only rooms that would be flea infested. First I vacuumed these rooms real good. Second, I had bought some flea/tick spray from Home Depot of which I sprayed really, really good all over the carpets and couches and everything else.(Make sure it's a spray that can be used indoors). I washed any ferret toys, tents, blankets and even plastic tubes that were in my room for them. I also made sure to wash my bed sheets since they play around on my bed a lot. When spraying the flea spray, I also made sure to move my dresser over and spray underneath....as well as to spray underneath my bed and the couch. Make sure that where ever it is you have to spray for the fleas, your ferrets are not close by when you do so. If you're in a small apartment, I'd suggest you keep your ferrets at a friends house for 2 days while the spray fumes dissipate and the fleas and eggs are completely killed off. If your ferret cage is in the room you must spray, then make sure you move the cage to the complete opposite end of the house, in a room where you can shut the door and keep the ferrets away from the fumes. Oh also, this may seem a bit excessive, but after I put all of the "dirty" bedding from the cage and bedrooms into the washer and cleaned out the ferret cage, I took a quick shower myself and put on a clean set of clothes before putting the newly washed bedding back into the cage and handling my newly bathed ferrets. I did this in case I had gotten any fleas or flea eggs on myself while handling everything. After all of this I used some Marshall ferret flea spray on them, you could also use frontline. Make sure you READ ALL the instructions on these products before using them. Anyway, it's a LOT of work I know....but I did all of this in one day (yes, it did take me all day) but after that I have never had a flea problem with my ferrets and that was about 2 years ago.  Anyway, I hope this helped, -or helps!


Answer by Devin
Submitted on 10/2/2004
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Well lets look at the facts fleas need blood put our ferret in a new room and put everything in the room in plastic bags then wash after a few days


Answer by Hungry
Submitted on 10/4/2004
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Eat them up YUM!


Answer by dreamer_2_us@hotmail.com
Submitted on 10/13/2004
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I just read a natural way that is suppose to work to rid them of fleas is boil a slice of lemon and a pint of water and let it cool completely and then put small amount on the ferret and allow to dry..I am going to try it on my sons ferret.... Hope it works!!!! :)


Answer by Linda
Submitted on 10/20/2004
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Jose nobody is dumb.... people don't have experience with fleas and they come here for help not for ugly responses from you. Maybe you are the dumb one.


Answer by NATE
Submitted on 10/20/2004
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Answer by ferretOwner
Submitted on 5/26/2005
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Says the guy who doesn't know how to use the word "these".


Answer by Gina
Submitted on 7/7/2005
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Just gotta respond to Jose.....fleas can very easily kill ferrets.  So it is an important question.  My question for you is: How in the world did you ever end up here?  (laughing)


Answer by Ania
Submitted on 7/15/2005
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Answer by Jenn
Submitted on 8/6/2005
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Ok Try using Skin So Soft from Avon.  I just started selling Avon and came across a posting that said Skin So Soft killed fleas.  So knowing that my mom's dog was covered I called her and told her.  She wet him down and then sprayed on the Skin So Soft bath oil all of his fleas went belly up so it really works.  Posted on my web site is a Skin So Soft dip. Go to www.youravon.com/jenniferandrews and click why I love... You can also order some if you need it, but most people already have it in there homes.  Good Luck


Answer by Solveit-UK
Submitted on 8/7/2005
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This people are dumb.?? ->  Learn to spell dumbo, before you call others.
Yes use Frontline its simply the best and most effective, dont just get any old flea remover as alot of then contain chemicals that Ferrets are elergic to and can do some serious damage to them.

Ovcourse, treat the house and bedding too. If you have any other pets that go out then get rid of then - kill them or something. that will stop them comming back. lol :p


Answer by Brittany
Submitted on 8/9/2005
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Try using a little baby oil and rub a little bit on their skin after a flea bath(regular bottle of flea shampoo) And some flea powder around their cage and in it to help prevent them from coming back. You may need to do this one every two weeks.


Answer by kieron
Submitted on 9/10/2005
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only an adult flea will actually live on your ferret the eggs, larvae and pupa will be where your ferret will normally go such as bedding and carpet so to eliminate your ferret problem completely you will need to first kill the adult fleas with something like "spot on" and BEFORE you put your ferret back in to its cage wash all areas your ferret normally goes where the other life stages of a flea can stay and that will probably help you situation


Answer by Merik
Submitted on 9/18/2005
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Someone plz help me! my ferret has fleas and bathing them dosn't help. I have an outdoor cat and i don't know if my ferrets are getting fleas from him or not but if anyone has a solution plz tell me! :[


Answer by pixie
Submitted on 10/27/2005
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I'm having a real issue with fleas on my ferret as well.  Seems to be different than with my cat.  They are EVERYWHERE on my ferret.  What I've been doing is washing her w/kitten flea shampoo, then I take "tweezers" and pull the fleas off of her while still in the bath.  The fleas seem to bite as I bathe and get stuck in her fur.  Tweezers are the only thing that I have found to get them off.  Make sure your ferret's wet so the fleas are slowed down.


Answer by cjbapp
Submitted on 12/16/2005
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Make sure you use a flea treatment for CATS...the ones for under 5 pounds obviously.  These are usually safe for ferrets as well.



Answer by Toni
Submitted on 12/23/2005
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I just use the same stuff that I use for my cat and dog. Which is pretty much anything that gets ride of fleas and ticks, and is actually ment for animals and this problem.


Answer by hermie
Submitted on 1/7/2006
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I found some called ultra care flea and tick spray. 8 in 1. controls fleas and ticks on hamsters,gerbils,rabbits,guinea pigs and mice. I have two one male and female ferret. 4 years old. you need to wears gloves. hold the ferrets by the back of the neck. this stuff will freak them out at first. they will kick and trash around. but they will calm down soon. hold the spray bottle one or two inches from the fur. little spray. set bottle down they massage the liquid in the fur with the other hand, hold ferret well. the first couple times the ferret may pee or poop on you. do not get the spray in the eyes or ears. read the labels carefully. goto many web sites to get ideas. like vacuming and washing thier bedding. i got this spray at pet smart. you should two or three days in a row litely. then when they are more brave little more heavily. I have been treating for two weeks and only find one or two young fleas. just becareful and watch for odd behavior. reb many web sites.


Answer by fuzzybutts
Submitted on 5/27/2006
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You can use flea stuff that is safe for kittens. Works good....


Answer by eddie_willo@hotmail.com
Submitted on 6/28/2006
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i dont know if it works for fleas but for ticks put a little ant powder on a tooth brush an brush over the ticks but dont go near the ferrets eyes the ticks should go by the morning.


Answer by Scott S K
Submitted on 8/5/2006
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"This is for a house with Ferrets only" I live in a basement Apr.of NC. So fleas live at eye level and are just part of summer for Mickey and Sol and I.I've used the same thing for the past six years and have had no problems.I use"HOME DEFENSE MAX"(w/12" spray)around the outside of the house in the spring.At the start of summer I take the ferrets outside(In their cage)I don't let them touch the ground or I'll have to start over.I Wash ever thing they touched inside.Treat the house with "REAL KILL HOME INSECT CONTROL" wait 6 hours,vacuum the floors and corner boards all the way around the rooms then bring your Ferrets back in and give them a bath.I use"Four Paws FLEA & TICK Shampoo for cats & kittens"rinse with a good conditioner"Oster PAW FORMANCE"works well for me.Wash & spray out the cage(outside).Turn your CRITTERS lose your set for a year. If you have other critters coming and going FLEAS come with them and you'll have to start over. Sorry just nature!


Answer by kathy
Submitted on 9/1/2006
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my ferret was recently SEVERELY infested..thin as a rail, hair on his head was gone (from scraching), sores on his head...so i took him to the vet, where they told me he was severely dehydrated and his RBC or WBC..dont remember was very low  (basically, if i had waited another day or two, he probably wouldve died), anyway, she put this product on him its called Revolution, the next morning all the fleas were dead..amazing stuff.  so to anyone that has a bad flea problem, and i mean bad (frosty'swhole body n face were covered in them), go get that Revolution stuff, works so good, but u have to go thru a vet to get, not sold in stores.


Answer by ellysha41
Submitted on 9/6/2006
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who told u that using dawn dishwashing soap on ferrets is good?


Answer by Savanna
Submitted on 9/10/2006
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I can't get rid of my ferret's fleas! I've given him three flea baths in one day and made sure EVERY LAST ONE was off of him but the next day he was covered in them again! I even sprayed him and his cage down with flea spray and they're still biting the poor baby! I need help.


Answer by brandy hodges
Submitted on 10/3/2006
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The fleas are growing in numbers i need help killing them!!!


Answer by Heather
Submitted on 10/20/2006
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My Vet, has finally been good to me and provided ADVANTIX for cats.  (smallest cats) and only half of the tube.  (use sparingly) Put on just like a dog or cat (start in between shoulder blades and down to base of tail) But make sure that you treat your whole house and additional treatment is needed around bedding.  Then us the Advantix.  It is a process, but I have found that it works for about 2-3 weeks at a time.  I bathe my male Farret every 4-5 day.  I also bathe my black lab and Shih Tzu every 2 weeks at the same time as the Farret.  I have a happy farret!!!


Answer by Serfurgyrl
Submitted on 10/22/2006
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Listen......Ferrets are the same as kittens anything safe for kittens is safe for ferrets, flea shampoos for kittens are good, take them to the vet and get advantage.  Worked on my ferrets, make sure you grab a flea comb and spend some time brushing the eggs out of there coats.


Answer by felisha
Submitted on 1/25/2007
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go to this website.... http://www.ferretguardian.org/f_facts/fleas/ferrets_and_fleas.html
It tells you how to get rid of fleas and what is safe to use on ferrets!


Answer by astrid
Submitted on 3/8/2007
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Bathe your ferret in a flea shampoo that's safe for kittens, and then use Advantage for kittens to keep them off, and if necessary, flea bomb your house or apartment!  fleas can kill your ferrets, so don't just live with it... get rid of them asap!


Answer by genie
Submitted on 5/25/2007
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I don't know whether you want to try this or not, it is not recommended by most vets, but I have an albino ferret that gets fleas from my dog alot, and the only way i have found to get rid of fleas on him is to bathe him in the same shampoo i bathe my dog in.  Some vets recommend Program or advantage for cats, just be sure not to give them the whole dose.


Answer by Miley Cyrus
Submitted on 6/12/2007
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febreze everything around cage and in cage
             but not the food n water

and then put ferretone on its coat n skin


Answer by hannah
Submitted on 6/16/2007
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if you let your ferrets get in that state before you seek a vets advice then you do not deserve to have them


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