What products do i use to afford my ferret a hip bath?
What products do i use when giving my ferret a bath? Do they have ferret shampoos?
Yes, they make ferret shampoo - don't use anything else, especially Dawn (contains an ingredient that's injurious to animals). But, you don't need to bathe ferrets, they will groom themselves. Bathing strips the oil from their skin, makes them dry and itchy, and the oil glands start overproducing.This will make them smell more. If they approaching to play in water, put a bowl in the tub for them to splash around in. My Little Boy ferret can jump in and out of the hip bath by himself, so I try to keep a bowl of water that he can splash around in.
Ferret shampoo is obviously a good choice.
I go swimming four ferrets at a time and I use diluted baby shampoo. Make sure your rinse really powerfully to avoid the itchies.
Do not bathe them any more often than once every 1 or two months. I actually used to go for a dip mine once or twice a year, but mine seem to getting "rat tail" more often. I'm not sure whether there's a connection between aging ferrets,the frequency of bathing and the development of "rat tail", but I do go swimming them 4 times a year now and we have no more "rat tails".
Wiley Coyote uses Acme Ferret Wash and Glistener
ive had my 10oz bottle for over a year and i have 4 ferret that get a bath 2x a month, and it's only approximately 2/3 gone!
They do make ferret shampoo! There's a few different brands. Just go to Petco, or Petsmart, and it'll be right next to adjectives their ferret supplies (flea/ tick treatment, water drops, etc).
Be sure not to bathe him too normally, and try to avoid shampooing his head (avoid nose/eyes/ears/mouth). It dries out their skin and makes them itchy. Also, make certain you get all of the shampoo out, for the same common sense. Also, their ears tend to get pretty smelly, too. So, if you're going to bathe him, generate sure you get some earcleaner too!
I would go to the vet and ask what they recommend. I unquestionably wouldn't use dawn detergent
http://www.ferret.com/grooming/shampoos-... Most little one shampoos are also ok. Some would disagree with that, which is their choice, but that's all I ever used to use on my ferrets and they never have any problems from it. I've recently stopped use shampoos altogether though and now I just use 100% colloquial colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno is what I get - you can find it in the bath/beauty aisle of just almost any store, even your local grocery store). It's a powder that you sprinkle in the water (one packet for one full tub; the less river you use, the less of the packet you need). The oatmeal is great - it helps relieve itchy skin, it makes their fur super soft, and it doesn't bother your ferret's skin approaching regular shampoos do. It's so gentle that you could actually bathe your ferret as recurrently as once a week with it - I would *never* suggest someone do that with shampoos, but the oatmeal doesn't dry out or irritate their skin similar to a shampoo would (and I'm not saying you *need* to do it weekly, they're good about keeping themselves verbs, but my ferrets have a problem with itchy skin during the winter, so it's nice have something that can be used that often if needed). All you do is fill the tub, sprinkle contained by the oatmeal, and let your ferret(s) soak for 10-15 minutes (I'll usually massage it into their body as well), consequently rinse with clean water, and dry. Your ferret won't come out smelling similar to "cucumber melon" or "tropical paradise," but it really does clean them and is so much better for them. If you decide to use a regular shampoo instead, try not to go swimming them more than once every 2-3 months at most (with regular shampoo, mine were getting one bath a year).