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INITIAL EXAMINATION - We recommend an initial examination within 48 hours of the acquisition of your ferret.  During this first visit, a thorough physical examination will be performed.  You will receive information on routine care, diet, household hazards, caging, detecting medical problems, and laboratory testing.

ANNUAL EXAMINATION - Examinations are very important in keeping your ferret healthy.  After the initial examination, most ferrets should have an annual physical examination.  Senior ferrets, and those with a chronic medical condition, may require more frequent examinations.

Ferrets commonly experience reactions to vaccines.  Therefore, they are routinely treated with diphenhydramine (Benadryl) prior to the administration of the vaccine.  We also recommend that a single vaccine be given at each visit.

  • RABIES - Ferrets are administered a rabies vaccine annually.  There is no three-year vaccine for ferrets.

  • DISTEMPER - This vaccine is given annually to all ferrets.  Ferrets under age one, or ferrets with an unknown vaccine history, need two vaccines within a two-week span.

SURGERY - Common procedures include removal of adrenal glands, skin growths, and spleen.

DIETS - Ferrets require a very high protein diet.  Totally Ferret, Hill's Prescription Diet M/D, and Purina DM are recommended for most ferrets.

DENTAL CARE - Preventative care cleanings, fluoride treatments, and tooth extractions.  Dental cleanings help to reduce plaque buildup and prevent many chronic conditions of the vital organs, such as the liver and kidneys.

TESTING - Once ferrets reach the age of two, we recommend that they be tested for common ailments associated with middle and old age.  Tests may identify problems early enough to provide a cure or to enable effective treatment.  Some conditions that may be detected include intestinal or abdominal infections, liver disease, kidney disease, lymphoma, and insulinoma.

HAIRBALL TREATMENT - Hairballs are relatively common in ferrets.  Laxatone or other cat hairball treatments should be given for four consecutive days, once a month.


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