Tick-bourne diseases, such as Lyme disease, may affect people. However, they are only transmitted by tick bites and cannot be caught directly from your ferret.
Finding ticks on your ferret, however, means you may have also been exposed to the risk of tick bites so it is important to check yourself thoroughly for any ticks – don’t forget they may be as small as 2-3mm when they first attach!
If you do see a tick, speak to your healthcare provider. Only remove the tick if you feel comfortable doing so, but make sure to have it removed within 24 hours of being bitten to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
Any new lumps and bumps should always be checked by your doctor. A ‘bulls-eye’ red ring on the skin is also a potential symptom of Lyme disease in people and should always be reported to your local doctors’ surgery.
To take a look at which other of our common household pets can pick up ticks, have a look at our dedicated tick page.