During each visit we will perform a comprehensive physical examination to check your ferrets mouth, teeth, eyes, ears, skin, heart, lungs, and abdomen. A fecal exam for intestinal parasites should also be performed at this time. We will also discuss diet, any potential behavior issues, dental care, and many other things during these visits. This a crucial time in your new ferret’s life, as this is the time when any developmental abnormalities can be detected, immunizations and deworming can be completed, and we can deter any unwanted behavior.
Vaccinations are an inexpensive way to protect your pet against costly treatment or premature death. Many ferret diseases can now be prevented through vaccinations. Even if always kept indoors, your ferret can be exposed to viruses and bacteria carried in the air, dust, or on clothing. Young ferrets should first be vaccinated with an approved ferret vaccine at 8 weeks of age, then given a booster every 3 weeks with the last immunization at 14 weeks of age. Boosters are then needed to maintain immunity every year.
Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the nervous system. The virus is shed in the saliva and transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. This vaccine is required by Michigan State Law at 12 weeks of age and then must be repeated annually, as this disease can be transmitted to people.
Canine Distemper virus is nearly 100% fatal in the ferret, and must be vaccinated against for their protection.