Message Number: FHL10113 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2009-10-22 21:51:45 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] seasonal message: avoid Halloween pet poisoning
To: fhl <>

Among the things that can kill ferrets but might be among Halloween
treats are:

Chocolate (the darker the chocolate is the more it may poison ferrets)

Natural Licorice (which can cause heart and heart pressure problems as
well as a pseudo-adrenal syndrome)

Raisins (cause unknown but the deaths in ferrets, dogs, and cats have
been investigated with obvious possible causes eliminated, and among
things under study is that they might deliver too much Vitamin D at
one time for the kidneys of Carnivora members.

Macadamia Nuts

Anything sweetened with Xylitol

To learn more about avoiding poisoning your ferret:
works from this article:
Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2008 May;11(2):301-14, vi-vii.
Toxicology of ferrets.
Dunayer E.
PMID: 18406389

Sadly, the ASPCA's new site is incredibly hard to search. The one
they used to have was dramatically more user friendly, but luckily,
there is also info in the easily searched FHL Archives (address in my
sig lines).

Sukie (not a vet)

Recommended ferret health links:
all ferret topics:


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