Keeping your pet Ferret healthy

Our vet and nursing staff are experienced, comfortable and confident in handling ferrets. We have a dedicated ward and specialised equipment for exotic pets and we stay up to date with the latest science in ferret health care.

Here’s some important information you may need to know about your ferret’s health. If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital on (03) 9731 2000.

When should you schedule a veterinary check up?

We like to see your fluffy friends for check ups regularly. This helps us find and address any health problems early. It also gives you a chance to get advice on providing the best home environment and routine health care for each individual pet according to their life stage and personal requirements. 
Baby ferrets (kits) need two visits: The first within a few days of purchase and the next a month later. 
Adult ferrets should be seen once a year. Specific health issues may require a different routine of visits.

What do we check at this visit?

  • Diet given at home.
  • Enclosure set up at home. (Sometimes a photo is the easiest way to explain)
  • We ask for a history of previous health problems treated elsewhere or just treated at home.
  • The physical examination allows us to collect general information on all body systems. We then address any particular areas of concern for you. Some issues may be able to be treated immediately. Others will need further investigation such as blood tests or advanced imaging. We will give you cost estimates for tests and treatments and advise you how urgently they are needed.

Vaccinations

Ferrets in Australia receive vaccinations against distemper. As there are no vaccines made specifically for ferrets alone in Australia, Australian vets use a carefully tailored low dose of the multivalent canine vaccination. Distemper is still prevalent in the dog population so it is important to vaccinate your ferret. 
The first vaccination is due at 8 weeks of age and the second at 12 weeks of age. Adult ferrets are then vaccinated once a year.

Desexing

Jills (females) should be desexed between 4-6 months of age to prevent the life threatening consequences of hyperoestrogenism. If your ferret is already in heat then a full health check and blood test will be needed prior to desexing. Hobs (males) are best desexed around 6 months of age.

Grooming and socialisation

We strongly recommend daily grooming and interactive play sessions with your ferret. This helps you recognise any health problems early, it keeps the fur, skin, nails and ears healthy, and it keeps your ferret happy and confident in its environment. It also allows them to cope better with veterinary examinations!

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