Ferrets and Covid-19

While we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic, we need to make sure we’re keeping a close eye on those around us, even our pets.

As fears grow about the spread of the virus, there are also concerns about whether our pets could pass it on too.

Can coronavirus be passed on by ferrets?

Ferrets are the only small pet species that can possibly be at risk from humans who have contracted the virus. It is known that ferrets can in some cases be susceptible to the common cold and flu and therefore is likely to be at risk if exposed to the virus. There is currently no evidence that coronavirus could be passed from pets to humans.

Providing enrichment and food

If you’re looking for some activities to keep you and your children entertained, why not try making some enrichment toys to give to your ferrets? Pet advice for kids

Other things to consider

  • Make sure you’re well stocked up on food and medication for your pets, in case you have to self-isolate, or check whether you can get it delivered at this time.
  • As ferrets are possibly susceptible to catching the virus, a plan should be in place to ensure that they are well cared for, but contact with yourself is kept to a minimum if you find yourself becoming unwell. During this time, adding new enrichment and using feed balls rather than bowls can help keep them entertained whilst interaction is reduced.
  • During the cleaning of small pets like ferrets, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside to make sure dusty bedding doesn’t irritate any existing symptoms you may have.
  • Keep in touch with your veterinary practice and make sure you know their availability in case you need to use their services.
  • Always remember to keep washing your hands regularly, especially after handling your ferrets.

The companionship that our beloved pets give us in troubled times is immeasurable; remember they don’t have a clue what’s going on in the big wide world, they rely on us to keep them safe and healthy, so make sure you’re looking after yourself too.

Read the latest UK government advice on pets and COVID-19

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