Magnolia House Veterinary Clinic

103 Staveley Gardens
Chiswick, GB W4 2SE

(783)567-7857

magnoliavets.co.uk

FERRETS

Ferrets are great animals full of energy and inquisitiveness, non-working ferrets do need at lot of work or interaction to keep them amused. We're happy to advise on diet, vaccination protocols and husbandry to make sure you and your ferret are healthy and happy.

Reproductive problems:

Jills are induced ovulators and when they come into season need a sudden decrease in day length or mating to bring them out of oestrus. Prolonged oestrus can prove dangerous and often results in an anaemia for this reason management of the ferret reproductive cycle is important.

In the recent past Jill ferrets were routinely spayed, however, more recent research suggests this often results in Cushing's disease and is NOT RECOMMENDED today.

Currently we would suggest use of reproductive GnRH implants as the best and most cost effective method of ferret reproductive management. Implants are typically effective for 18-24 months. In cases where implants are not appropriate then injections can be given to bring a Jill out of season.

For working ferrets or ones kept in large groups then Hobs can be vasectomized, a procedure we have a lot of experience doing, to allow safe mating without issue.

Cushings Disease:

In our experience this is now much less common than 5 years ago, probably as a result of changes in reproductive management. The condition is now much better understood and better managed these days. It commonly presents as a wasting condition with hair loss.

Insulinoma:

This is a common tumour of ferrets and results in most commonly neurological symptoms:staggering, incoordination and weakness. It is easy to diagnose in its later stages and can be managed medically or in some cases surgically. 

Splenomegally:

This is a common finding in ferrets and is often not of any clinical significance, though it can be seen with some tumours in older ferrets.