Ferrets

Ferrets are incredibly entertaining animals and make great pets. They are curious, affectionate and readily adapt to apartment life.

We believe in providing a high standard of care for our ferret patients.

 

We offer all services for ferrets including:

  • Emergency care
  • Hospitalisation with dedicated ward and custom enclosures
  • Annual health examinations
  • Suprelorin implants
  • Micro-chipping
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diagnostic imaging – X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI and fluoroscopy
  • Dentistry
  • Surgery for minor and major procedures
  • Behavioural investigations and management
  • Direct access to other specialities including oncology, ophthalmology, cardiology and imaging

 

Illness in ferrets…

Ferrets are like dogs and cats and can often hide signs of disease.

We recommend always erring on the side of caution when something seems unusual with your ferret and having them examined by an small mammal veterinarian.

Signs of illness or injury in small rodents:

  • Less active, sleeping more
  • Refusing food, reduced appetite
  • Changes in normal behaviours or routine
  • Having difficulty moving, limping or not using a leg
  • Breathing difficulties, discharge from the mouth or nostrils
  • Sneezing, coughing
  • Changes to one or both eyes (swelling, redness, discharge)
  • Drinking excessively
  • Urinating excessively or changes to the urine consistency or colour
  • Diarrhoea, change in colour of faeces
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures, tremors
  • Bleeding, wounds, lumps or swellings
  • Fur loss
  • Skin sores, itching

 

Bringing your ferret to the vet…

Bringing your ferret to the vet can be a stressful time, especially when they are unwell or injured.

All patients need to arrive at the appointment in an enclosure. Often the normal enclosure is too large or difficult to bring in, so examples of other carriers include:

  • Cat and dog travel carriers are perfect for transport

If you cannot bring their normal enclosure to the appointment, a photo of the cage and surroundings can often be very helpful for the veterinarian.