Here at Pascoe Vale Veterinary Hospital we don’t only treat cats and dogs, we also take care of pocket pets, the small and furry pets that are sometimes forgotten by others.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and ferrets make great pets too. They are small, intelligent and adorable to have around. Meet Fiona. She is a beautiful blonde ferret who came to our hospital last month to be speyed.
Ferrets are not rodents. They have similar characteristics to dogs and cats and they can make wonderful indoor pets, as they are playful and can be toilet trained. They have a life span of 5-8 years
Ferrets are very sociable animals and need lots of attention and if not watched closely, they can get into a bit of mischief.
Ferrets are great escape artists and can squeeze through the smallest spaces. They need to be kept in their cages when unsupervised. And when allowed out, they should wear a collar and a bell so you can hear where they are.
Ferrets are carnivores and they need to be fed ferret food or a good quality cat food.
Female ferrets need to be desexed if not breeding with them as they will remain on heat until they are mated and high levels of oestrogen can lead to bone marrow suppression and death.
Male Ferrets should be desexed to control their aggressive territorial behaviour and to reduce their strong smell.
Ferrets need to be vaccinated against Canine Distemper at ages 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age as well as yearly boosters as this disease if fatal to ferrets.
At the age of 5, ferrets need a full senior check up by a veterinarian for the early detection of heart disease and cancer.
Fiona’s surgery was similar of a cat spey. She recovered very well and was very happy to see her owner at the end of the day.