Just like dogs, cats and humans, ferrets need dental care too. You can try dental treats (feline dental treats work great), dental wipes or you can even try brushing your ferret’s teeth. Daily dental care is recommended but if you can even brush teeth once weekly (minimum) this can help with dental health. If we never cared for our teeth, we would get plaque and tartar build up. This eventually causes periodontal disease. The same process happens with ferrets. At first, this is a more localized problem that leads to bad breath, pain and tooth loss. Ultimately, if left untreated, periodontal disease can cause severe systemic infections that lead to pulmonary, heart, liver and kidney diseases. Periodontal disease is a painful disease process. Most animals will continue to eat but not use the affected teeth or they may stop chewing their food. We recommend exams every 6 months for all exotics, including ferrets. We will do a full oral exam, give you tips and recommendations for at home dental care, and determine if a dental cleaning is recommended. If you have any questions about your ferret’s teeth or you want to see if your pet needs a dental cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an exam with one of our knowledgeable veterinarians.