How do I brush my ferret’s teeth?

As with most small pets, ferrets’ teeth are subject to tartar build-up. In order to limit the damage that this deposit can cause, it is advisable to follow a few hygiene precautions, starting with brushing his teeth.

The importance of brushing your ferret’s teeth

Just like our teeth, your ferret’s teeth are also subject to the phenomenon of plaque caused by its diet. If left unchecked, this plaque can turn into tartar, which can cause serious problems. The first sign of this is usually bad breath. Then, a discomfort of chewing food can be observed. Inflammation of the gums and even loosening and loss of teeth may follow. In the worst case, diseases may appear in other parts of the body than the oral cavity.

For your ferret’s well-being, it is important to keep an eye on his mouth, but not only that! Although the food ingested should be varied, it is still the cause of tartar formation. We therefore recommend a dry food with kibbles, the latter being known to naturally clean the teeth and delay the appearance of tartar.

How should I brush my dog’s teeth?

To prevent your ferret from being reluctant to brush his teeth, there are a few easy-to-follow rules you can follow.
First of all, it’s important to get your ferret used to brushing, starting at a young age. It’s also a good idea to make it a game.
On the practical side, it will be a question of depositing dental paste (similar to those conceived for the dogs and the cats) on a small brush or on a compress. Brushes that can be put directly on the finger are available, to make brushing easier and more gentle. If you or your ferret have trouble with this method, you can also put a dab of paste directly on your pet’s gums. If regular brushing is difficult, bite toys are available. They will help reduce tartar build-up. By following these measures, it is possible to avoid, or at least postpone, scaling at the veterinarian. This scaling, performed under general anesthesia, will nevertheless remain essential as soon as the teeth appear yellow or the tartar has gained ground. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you when the time comes.

In short, your pet’s mouth has enemies that need to be watched because they could have serious health repercussions. Brushing your ferret’s teeth is therefore a practice that should be done regularly to minimize his exposure to tartar. By getting him used to it at a young age, he shouldn’t be afraid to do it, but should make it part of his routine and let it happen more easily.