Heatstroke brief

Ferrets bodies metabolise in temperatures between 10 C (50 F) and 25 C (80 F) under a ferret will use most of its energy to stay warm the domestic ferret does okay at lower temperatures. HOWEVER, ferrets do not do well with high temperatures - anything over 25 C (80 F) is dangerous for a ferret.

Heatstroke indepth

Ferrets can not easily regulate their temperature, similar to dogs and cats ferrets need to be kept in a safe temperature range. Even short durations over 25 C (80 F) can cause a ferret to go into shock or coma.

It is very important that you do not submerge a ferret that has heat stroke into cold water. While this may sound like the best way to cool a ferret who is too hot, this will put them into shock and they will likely succumb to the heat. The safest method is to slowly lower their body temperature back to normal.

Signs of heat exhaustion/heat stroke

  • open mouth breathing/panting
  • weakness - lethargy
  • bright pink tongue and gums
  • vomiting with or without blood
  • diarrhea

Severe cases of heatstroke will see shock and coma.

How to Treat Dehydration

Mild dehydration can be treated with unflavored Pedialyte (http://amzn.to/2paELzF

Excessive dehydration requires medical attention.