Message Number: YG5379 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-07-11 13:27:00 UTC
Subject: Re: biting ferret

One common cause of biting or persistent chewing in young ferrets is
pain. If the jaw is too small (short face -- which some have
actually breed for) that can worsen it and may cause teeth to erupt
in strange locations in the mouth. Cheweasels, Foamy Fries and
similar products designed to be safe for ferrets can lessen teething
pain and the biting it causes. If a baby tooth become entrapped
between erupting adult dentition that can cause severe pain and
serious infection; it's not an incredibly common problem but it's
certainly not unheard of, and we've encountered it. Have also seen
kits with intestinal illness bite due to pain. Hey, human toddlers
who are in pain sometimes bite more, too; my sister sure did.