Jackie my vet is selling them (from verbac) for $180 (no additional office visit charge is she has seen them in the last year). I think they are blaming increased costs on verbac so they can charge more, but they are not that much more expensive. FYI UncleJoe, I'm in Port St Lucie, FL
She's come along nicely! Even if she does never forgive you for such embarrassing photos ;D
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Hehe what she doesn't know won't hurt her. She tolerates it rather well. It's after I've taken 10+ pix that she starts squirming hehe. I tried to take them in the same lighting and spot so you can see any real changes.
She is a little devil of a fuzz but we have a really close relationship and she's my little wild child. Love her to pieces.
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They are aren't they...the little "wild child". I got to hold Lady Morgain tonight and she let me snuggle her and then gave me kisses. I could have just died.....she is my special child. She does not share her love easily but when she does. The wee girlies are indeed very different but....oh well, it's undescribable....they're just very special ciao
My vet neither shaves nor sedates for the DES implant. There are a number of different methods depending on vet preferences. ciao
I think it must also depend on the ferret.... if you were dealing with a biter for example vs. someone like Rolo who just doesn't bite. Still, he got local anesthetic, shaved a bit, and glue same as OP.
I don't like using anaesthetic on ferrets....even bumps. It may sound silly but the surgeon agrees ferrets do not do well as they slide into that deep sleep caused by the chemicals. Their body temp drops, as does the rest of their body functions. You can maintain it and keep them on the level through careful monitoring but, many ferrets just slide from the deep sleep into the shadows. The next time you put them under it's often harder to keep them on the level. Odin a perfectly heart strong senior stopped breathing while under anaesthetic and had to be kept alive artificially while we cleaned his teeth. If you have to anaesthetize every time you treat an adrenal ferret (every 6 months)...you're now putting your ferret under 2x a year and what if you've got another stressful surgery that has to happen during that time period (blockage, tumour)....what are your chances of survival? What if you've got a cardiac ferret? Boris would have died if we put him under. His death was because he couldn't get DES. He'd been living quite comfortably with his biannual implants. He wouldn't have had that option if the vet had insisted on giving anaesthetic with the implant. His heart would have stopped. I realize that it makes the ferret easier to handle and it's less stressful mentally but vets use anaesthetic to give the DES, to do xrays, to draw blood.....that's a lot of toxin to put into that small body. It's just my take on it. ciao
My rescues get their implants regularly (every 6 months) there is no way at that rate I would allow them to be anaesthetized. Luckily, my vet agrees with this and there is very little issue or reaction given by getting the implant. I've had a couple squeak about it but a bit of fish oil after and they're right as rain ciao