Ferret Care at Parrish Creek
Ferrets are the third most popular mammal pet in the U.S. We have worked with ferrets for over 20 year and we regularly attend seminars and study journals in order to advance our understanding of these engaging pets. Our entire staff receives continuing training and new information to provide your ferret with the best possible care.
The First Visit
When you first bring your ferret into the clinic, a technician will take a history, answer any questions you may have about ferret care and husbandry, and discuss the doctor's general recommendations for your ferret's health. The doctor will then perform a comprehensive physical exam, reviewing all major body systems including heart, lungs, mouth, muscle condition, skin, hair coat, abdominal organs, etc. Based on the exam and history he will make specific recommendations for your ferret. The technician assigned to your pet will send home a binder for you to keep all records of health inspection. The binder also includes husbandry information and specific recommendations for your ferret for future reference.
Ferrets are strict carnivores and have specific requirements for their diet. They are have a need for high levels of protein and have a low tolerance for carbohydrates. They also are extremely curious animals (to put it mildly) and ferret-proofing their living space is essential. We will provide you with detailed information about diet, housing and other important information as part of your visit.
Ferrets often hide signs of serious illness and a physical examination does not always uncover these problems. Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic recommends all ferrets have a yearly comprehensive physical examination and blood screening. More frequent testing may be recommended in older ferrets as they age much more quickly allowing problems to develop. This allows us to detect problems early in their most manageable state.
Baby ferrets (kits) or newly introduced adult ferrets are often infected with ear mites and/or parasites in the digestive tract. We recommend testing for these conditions as part of their first visit to Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic. They are unlikely to become infected with ear mites again unless the come in contact with another infested ferret, dog or cat.
Zoonisis are diseases communicable between animals and humans. Human influenza ( but not the common cold) is highly contagious to ferrets. There is the possibility an infected ferret can also infect humans. No other parasites or diseases common in ferrets are contagious to humans.
Services we offer your ferret at Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic include:
- diet education
- Nail trims
- In-house laboratory
- Digital radiography
- Temperature and humidity controlled incubators
- Internal medicine
- In-house pharmacy
- Modern surgical suite where we can perform surgery, radiosurgery, and cryosurgery. All anesthesia monitoring by veterinarians and trained technicians.