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Obesity in your ferret

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Obesity in your ferret

Obesity is frequently encountered in pet ferrets and is the accumulation of an excessive amount of body fat to the extent that normal bodily movements and activities are compromised. Obesity is a serious health concern and should not be ignored as it can increase a ferret’s likelihood of developing other health problems, such as metabolic disorders. It also has a knock on effect, since the more weight a ferret is carrying the less active they will become, leading to further weight gain. It must be noted that weight gain is normal for ferrets during the autumn months, which is then naturally lost in the spring. This should not be confused with your ferret becoming overweight or obese.

Radiograph image showing obesity in a Ferret
© David Perpinan

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