Ferrets

Ferret care guide

Prevention is better than cure!

Did you know that a year of life of a ferret is equivalent to about 8 years of human life? Our vets have prepared a care guide for ferrets that allows you to learn more about this little animal.

Diet

Ferrets are strictly carnivorous and in the wild, they eat mice, rats, birds, eggs, toads and frogs, fish, earthworms, etc. As you can see, they are strictly carnivorous. They need protein and animal fat of very good quality. We recommend food developed especially for ferrets like Totally ferret and Zupreem. In default, a high quality kitten diet could replace these foods temporarily. Protein rate: 32 and 40%, Fat: 20-30 %, Carb: less than 8%, and Fibers less than 3.5%.

Vaccination

Distemper is a fatal viral disease that can touch ferrets as well as other animals like dogs, foxes, wolves, minks, weasels, skunks, badgers and racoons. Ferrets can get the disease by exposition to the virus in the air or by contact with an infected animal. The only approved vaccine for ferrets against distemper is the PUREVAX FERRET DISTEMPER. It does not contain chemical additives that can cause reaction; however a post-vaccination reaction stays possible.

At purchase, your ferret will probably have already received one dose of vaccine against distemper. For the vaccine to be effective, we have to give two more doses at a 3 week interval. As for the rabies vaccine, we give only one dose when he is around 3 months old than the annual recall.

Since ferrets are prone to respond to vaccination, the veterinarian will determine the relevance or not to give a vaccine based on the lifestyle of your ferret.

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