Message Number: YG7445 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Erin Simkins
Date: 2001-09-25 07:39:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Baby ferrets - double sets of bottom teeth?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Sara Munz <saraferrets3@y...> wrote:
> Our shelter just took in a pair of 7-8 week old
> ferrets. I think they are our first "casualty", so to
> speak, from the horrible events on September 11.
> Not having dealt much with babies in a long time, my
> question is this. Both of them appear to have
> duplicate sets of bottom teeth, including the canines.
> Is one set the permanent one and the other the baby
> teeth, or is this something I should be worried about?

No need to worry, Sara! Those are the baby canines that you see!
The larger permanent canines will 'push' the babies ones out, just
like what happens with us as kids. My little girl's baby teeth fell
out at about 9 weeks of age. You may want to soften their food with
a little warm water or chicken broth to make sure they're eating
good. Once they lose their baby teeth, you can slowly take them off
the softened food. It seemed to work well for me. Babies are so
sweet! Hope they don't get into TOO much trouble...

Erin Simkins