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by weekend warrior (stateofbalance)
at March 19th, 2013 (04:03 pm)

Hi everyone!

This community has been pretty quiet lately but hopefully there are still some people reading. I realize this is an issue I could probably just Google but I would feel so much better about getting advice and input from you all.

Basically, I'm wondering whether I should be doing anything about my ferrets' teeth. They're getting older and tend to have more plaque build-up than when they were younger. Do you brush your ferrets' teeth? And if so, how do you do it and what do you use? Thanks!

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Posted by: Hannah (justinluv)
Posted at: March 20th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
unicorns

My vet does dentals on ferrets. That said, none of mine have needed it yet. They do get plaque build-up and their teeth kind of change color as they get older, but she says it doesn't hurt them. I do watch them closely to make sure they are eating/chewing normally. I have not had a ferret make it past the age of seven so far, sadly, so I can't speak as they get REALLY old. I know my two boys I lost at 6 and 7 still had decent teeth and were crunching up their kibble.

You *can* brush their teeth but the way I understand it, this is more of a preventative thing. Still, couldn't hurt, especially if you are worried about it! I would still recommend a vet check-up, though.

Remember to use pet toothpaste if you brush their teeth; human toothpaste is bad for them.

Posted by: weekend warrior (stateofbalance)
Posted at: March 21st, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
Macduff paws

Thanks for your comment! I don't think it's bothering them at all - they are all eating well and don't seem to have any discomfort. I'll ask my vet about it next time I'm in, which is next month for their adrenal implants.

I'll be sure to use pet toothpaste if my vet does end up saying I should brush their teeth. Thanks again. :]

Posted by: Silence. (derangedlioness)
Posted at: March 20th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
stare

I have read about people brushing their ferrets' teeth. Personally I have not done it. My assumption would be to use a cat or kitten toothbrush with a vet recommended toothpaste, if necessary.

Posted by: Pispiza etopta sapa (wolff_slaven)
Posted at: March 21st, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Happy ferret Wolffy!

Just like dogs and cats, ferrets also need routine dental care and dental cleanings from your veterinarian. Periodontal disease is a huge problem and some ferrets even need some teeth extracted. I personally use CET poultry flavored toothpaste and a small soft toddler brush to brush my ferret's teeth daily and it works great. I have taken then in for dental cleanings as well.