Your pet ferret, like many animals, will often hide signs of illness or distress. It's up to you as a pet parent to notice any changes in your ferret’s health. If you observe any anything outside your ferret's normal behavior, call your veterinarian.
Annual examinations with an exotic animal veterinarian are a must to maintain your ferret's good health. In addition to addressing any congenital problems or detecting or treating diseases, your vet will administer required vaccinations. Ferrets require distemper vaccinations at 8, 11 and 14 weeks, a rabies vaccination at 12–16 weeks of age and annual distemper and rabies vaccinations. Your vet also can show you how to clip your ferret’s nails, a task you'll regularly need to perform.
Here's what else you can expect at your ferret's first exam:
Be prepared to identify the following at your ferret's annual checkup:
It's normal to feel a bit overwhelmed when taking your ferret to the veterinarian—especially if specific treatment is being recommended. To ensure that you document all important information, ask your veterinarian to repeat or write down any diagnoses or care tips. Write down any important information or instructions you’ve been given, including: