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The veterinary team at Strickland Veterinary Clinic is qualified to provide treatment to a wide range of species, including the increasingly popular ferret. Bring in your small friend for treatment today and be sure to check out some of the great tips offered from our compassionate and knowledgeable staff below. Call 520-881-4797.
Ferret owners should bring in their pets annually for examinations, including vaccinations. Rabies vaccinations are given at 4–6 months of age and repeated annually.
Vaccination against canine distemper virus that is highly contagious and almost fatal should begin when the ferret is 6–8 weeks old, repeated at 3 to 4-week intervals and then annually.
Nutrition is extremely important for the health of ferrets. Make sure the food you select is formulated for ferrets and not a multi-animal food.
Two recommended brands are EVO for Ferrets and Pretty Bird Natural Gold for Ferrets.
Unaltered male ferrets are called “hobs" and altered males are called “gibs.” Unaltered female ferrets are called “jills” and altered females are called “sprites.”
All ferrets, unless used for breeding, should be spayed or neutered by 6 months of age. Once a jill comes into heat, unless bred, she will remain in heat, which ultimately leads to a severe anemia and death.
Ear Mites are common in ferrets and cause the ears to be itchy and have a black discharge (which must be differentiated from the normal ceruminous discharge).
Ferrets are susceptible to the same dental diseases as are cats and dogs (e.g. tartar accumulation, gingivitis, fractures, and teeth discoloration).
Try to introduce your ferret to a new food, and he will probably turn his nose up at it. However, leave a piece of Styrofoam, foam rubber, a small button, a rubber band, or vinyl rubber lying about, and he will eat it.
These types of materials can block ferrets’ digestive systems and require emergency surgery to save their life. Keeping a watch on your ferret at all times, and confining him when you are not able to watch him, is the best preventative medicine.
Hidden dangers - Because ferrets are so curious, they often find themselves in situations that are life-threatening.
Be cautious of anything that is just big enough for a ferret’s head to squeeze into. Ferrets like to “tunnel” under things. Throw rugs or small area rugs are great places to play, until someone steps on the rug.
Did you Know?
The domestic ferret, Mustela putorius furo, is a member of the family Mustelidae, a group of carnivorous animals that include skunks. Other members of the genus Mustela are weasels, minks, and polecats.