Message Number: YG852 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-07 08:37:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Hairballs // Technique for removal - NOT!!!

Hi- I'm a new member, my boyfriend and I have 4 ferrets. I'm been on
the FML for a year. All I can say is thank you for posting the rules
on this board.

Dr. Bruce Williams wrote:
>[ for a ferret with a hairball] "Because the ferret's stomach is
>always full of hair, he'll generally feel full and the first thing
>you will notice is a lack of appetite or significant weight loss."

I have always been worried about hairballs- how do you know
if your ferret has one? 2 of ours have been losing weight lately.
One always loses it in the spring, but not the other. She doesn't
appear to be coughing or anything though- is coughing a sign?

We have another ferret, Scooter, who does cough a lot or makes
kind of gagging noises. He appears to be in the peak of health,
otherwise, though. We feed them laxatone occasionally, but not

So I really want to know: are there any other signs of
hairballs? How serious is it (i.e., what are the medical
consequences) when a ferret gets a hairball?