The term ferret is a slang term for a cat that has a short tail, is smaller than a rabbit and is sometimes mistaken for a pig.
It has been around since the 1800s, when people used it to describe the pet of their ancestors.
Today, there are more than 200 species of ferrets and their descendants.
A small number of them are considered wild animals, and they are often captured and killed for meat.
The ferret population in the United States has fallen from nearly 200,000 in 2005 to less than 30,000 today.
Most ferrets live in the Northeast and Midwest, where the ferret breed is still dominant.
In recent years, ferrets have been more popular in the South and Midwest and their populations have also increased in some places.
Ferrets are also more popular with younger generations because they are easier to train and keep.
Ferret health issues Ferrets have a high incidence of skin diseases and can suffer from the following problems: Skin ulcers The skin ulcers can cause severe inflammation and infection.
Some people are allergic to the pigmentation of ferret fur.
In addition, some ferrets are allergic or have a skin reaction to certain medications.
Hair loss The ferrets can lose hair over time.
Some ferrets may be affected by an inherited disorder called hair disease, which causes hair loss that does not appear until the age of 10.
Other ferrets develop hair loss when they have an infection that can cause the hair to grow.
Hair condition called hypoalgesia is also common in ferrets, and some ferret owners say they experience a sudden loss of hair in their hair when they are sick or injured.
Other symptoms of hair disease include a loss of scalp hair, which is not permanent and can often return if the hair is replaced with new hair.
Skin irritation The skin irritation can be a sign of other conditions, such as a broken or damaged nail, an ulcer, or a skin infection.
Hair and nails can become infected with herpes simplex virus, which can cause a condition known as herpes simplexes, which occurs when the virus causes itching and pain in the affected area.
A new ferret can also develop a skin condition called polymyositis, which has to do with excessive swelling of the skin and can cause skin cancer.
If the skin irritation is severe, it can lead to hair loss.
Lice Ferrets can carry lice, which are small, round-shaped, white eggs that can be passed from mother to baby.
The eggs can also be passed on from mother-to-child.
Ferries are required to remove lice from ferrets.
When the ferrets get lice on their fur, they will lick the eggs out.
The lice will usually go away on their own within a week or two.
Some of the lice can be fatal.
Other signs of lice include: Hair loss