Can I give my ferret melatonin?

Can you give your ferret melatonin?

You may know a little about melatonin and its effects on humans, but what does hormone do to ferrets and should you give this to them as a supplement? Used in the right way, certain supplements in the appropriate doses and at the right times of year can be helpful for some ferrets. Can i give my ferret melatonin?

There are many vitamins and supplements available on the market for your pet ferret.  The key to keeping your furry friend happy, healthy and full of energy is to keep up a nutritious diet, exercise, fresh air, fresh water, sunlight and plenty of sleep.  It can help to give some added supplements to prevent any future sickness but it’s not necessary.  Should your ferret ever start to show symptoms of sickness, discomfort or depression then it might be time to try some vitamins or supplements to encourage recovery.

Adrenal gland disease is common in pet ferrets and produces symptoms such as loss of hair, itchy skin, musky body odor and inflammation of the prostate in males or vulva in females.  Melatonin is an effective treatment for this condition.

Melatonin is a natural hormone secreted by the pineal gland in response to darkness.  The levels of production differ through the year seeing an increase during winter months and a reduction during the spring and summer.  The increased production of this hormone will cause a ferret to grow more fur and gain a little weight in preparation for the cold winter months.  Melatonin production will also regulate the animal’s breeding habits, the spring and summer being the main breeding season for wild ferrets.  Over production of sex hormones is when you will typically see the symptoms of adrenal gland disease.

The best way to administer melatonin is to mimic the body’s natural release during the short days of the winter months.  One milligram given orally around 7-9 hours after sunrise should be a good start, if there is no response then up the dosage to 3 milligrams daily.  The only side effects that have been seen in ferrets are sleepiness for the first 3-5 days of treatment and weight gain.

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9 Responses to “Can I give my ferret melatonin?”

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  1. Myrna C says:

    Some of my ferrets have itchy skin.
    I bath them but once a month, with ferret shampoo and rinse thoroughly.

    I try to not give them to much protein.
    When I do they itch like crazy.
    I keep the cages clean and feed them Marshell Food.

    I was wandering if Melatonin would help with their itching?

    Thanks,
    Myrna

    • chandie says:

      try bathig them every couple months rather then every month becausw wven thoigh ur useing ferret shampoo its still stripping there natural body oils in which they have to work extra hard to replace . but besides that ferrets are normally REALLY IÇHY ANIMALS IN GENERAL.

      • Madison says:

        No they don’t really need to be bathed unless they get themselves in a sticky situation or u just bought them giving them a quick bath to clean of any bacteria carried from where they came but other then that they need a bath once a year tbh I even asked vets

    • DJ says:

      We give our Ferret (Chico) 4 cc’s of liquid Melatonin (5 mg) 7 hours after sun rise every day. He has lots of hair, his teeth look white and strong; and his toe nails grow really fast. We free feed him 1/2 expensive cat food and 1/2 expensive Ferret food. He gets plenty of fresh water and goes outside in a little cage to get fresh air. He lives in a rabbit cage much of the time as we are full-time RVer’s. He is older; but in great shape.

  2. Letitia Taylor says:

    Marshalls is a bad food for them and can b making jt worse try feeding them natures variety instinct duck and turkey cat food its alit better for them and helps with ichyness and odor u need to up the protein because they are meat eaters

  3. carol says:

    how do you get rid of fleas in our furry little babies? I have been battling fleas four two months. They are a little better but I worry about their health. I have used Dawn dish liquid as well as flea shampoo and repellent for cats and kittens.

  4. Lyleta says:

    THANK you we are doing the meletonine he is not losing any more four so far…

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