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Pet Ferret: How to Stop Your Ferret’s Hiccuping


What is a hiccup?

Like humans, a pet ferret can get them. Hiccups are basically are involuntary spasms of the diaphragm (a muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest), which contracts with an involuntary movement. It causes small spasms that in turn cause the closure of the vocal cords. This would alter someone’s breathing and let it release the typical sound that characterizes hiccups. They are usually short-lived and do not represent any sign of something serious.

Why do pet ferrets have hiccups?

Hiccups in ferrets

Your pet ferret having hiccups does not mean that they have any serious or underlying diseases. Hiccups come for several reasons. For example (as it happens to people), when someone would eat or drink very fast.

They are prone to hiccups

Ferrets hiccup very frequently. Don’t panic if it happens to your ferret; it is normal.

It may be that it has a lot of hair like balls inside, which has been swallowed. As you already know and you realize if you have a pet ferret, they are very naughty and they like to be investigating in all places. They are very curious and they go anywhere in the house (places with a lot of dust, humidity, dirty, etc.). All this causes the ferret to hiccup very frequently.

How to remove the hiccups from the pet ferret?

Hiccups in ferret

It is not necessary to do something special. Some treatment, medicine, drink, or food when the pet ferret has hiccups… it is simply necessary to wait for time to pass. It usually doesn’t last long, it lasts for about 15 minutes and then it just goes away.

If the hiccups last too long, you can give them a little malt or liquid paraffin. This will soften their throat and often drag hair or lint that is bothering them.

You could say that pet ferrets are experts at hiccuping. Especially when they have just woken up, and absolutely nothing happens. Sometimes they also stick their noses in places with dust or fluff and give them coughing fits, which usually go away on their own.


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