Ferrets

  • Yearly checkups allow us to detect any changes that occur and help prevent or catch diseases early, when they’re easier to treat
  • Regular blood tests can help determine whether your ferret has any problems with the kidneys, liver, or pancreas
  • Ferrets can also benefit from receiving certain vaccinations and monthly preventives, which we can discuss with you during your visit
  • Please bring a stool sample to your ferret’s annual exam so we can test for internal parasites
  • As ferrets age, they may need additional testing and dental care
  • Common problems associated with ferrets include gastrointestinal disease, parasites, and cancer and being inquisitive, they frequently ingest objects they shouldn’t
  • Unless you are planning to breed your ferret, we recommend that he or she be spayed or neutered
  • Female ferrets, or jills, do not need to give birth once to stay healthy and spaying can save a ferret’s life
  • Jills that haven’t been spayed will stay in heat until they’re bred which can cause a fatal anemia (a decrease in red blood cells)
  • In male ferrets, neutering can reduce their strong body odor, prevent marking, and reduce aggressive behavior
  • Please contact us right away if your ferret develops any unusual symptoms, such as:
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • hair loss
    • lack of appetite
    • trouble breathing
    • black ear wax
    • discharge from the eyes or nose
    • lumps or swelling
    • an increase in aggression or sexual behavior (especially in neutered males)