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Below are pictures of Ferrets with Mange. These pictures show how the Ferrets feet can swell up, also how the Ferrets claws can grow out of control. These symptoms and more can be caused by the Mange Mites. PLEASE if you have a ferret with Mange, keep it isolated from other Ferrets, and your other pets, as Mange is contagious. Please seek medical advise at your Veterinary Clinic. Mange is a serious matter. And should be treated straight away.


Mange can cause the Ferrets feet to swell up and look like it has big fluffy slippers on.

The claws of the Ferret can start to grow out of control, they too can look scaly and raggedy if not attended to. You should regularly clip your Ferrets claws, like you would a cat or dog.

You should always quarantine animals with mange. These two both have Mange so they are being kept separate from other Ferrets & other animals.

As you can see here the claws are very thick and jagged, they should normally be smooth, white and slightly opaque.

Here you can see a close up of this Ferrets feet, they are red and swollen. Its toes can also look like they are in scaly thick gloves.

Swollen Feet

Out Of Control Claws

A Pair With Mange

Close up Of Claws

Close up of Swollen Feet

Ferret Mange

This Ferret, as you can see has dark toes, its claws are ragged, uneven and scaly. After handling any sick animals you should always wash your hands with a disinfectant soap in warm water.

Another With Wild Claws

 Sarcoptic mange, commonly known as scabies, is caused by the parasite Sarcoptes Scabiei. These microscopic mites can invade the skin of ferrets and create a variety of skin problems, including hair loss and severe itching. While they will infect ferrets, other animals, and even humans, these mites prefer to live their short lives on dogs. Fortunately, there is a good treatment for Sarcoptic mange in ferrets.

 Sarcoptes scabiei usually infects dogs, but will also infect ferrets, cats, humans, and fox. Cats, fox, and humans all have their own particular species of mite within the Sarcoptes family. Each species of mite prefers one specific kind of host (e.g., dog, cat), but may also infect others. All of these species of mites have a similar life cycle and respond to the same treatment.

 The mites usually spend their entire life on an animal. The female mite burrows into the skin and lays eggs several times as she continues burrowing. These tunnels can actually reach the length of several centimetres. After she deposits the eggs, the female mite dies. In 3-8 days, the eggs hatch into larvae which have 6 legs. The larvae mature into nymphs which have 8 legs. The nymph then Molts into an adult while it is still in the burrow. The adults mate, and the process continues. The entire life cycle requires 2-3 weeks.

 The mites prefer to live on an animal, but will live for several days off of the host in the environment. In cool moist environments, they can live for up to 22 days. At normal room temperature in a home, they will live from 2 to 6 days. Because of the mite's ability to survive off of the host, ferrets can become infected without ever coming into direct contact with an infected animal.













This information was gathered from the website..... Doctors Foster and Smith - Pet Education .com

You can read it HERE