Last night, some family of mine came over from Texas to visit for a week, and we had a early Christmas gathering. After seeing my ferrets so feel in love with them, her parents liked them as well. I gave her all the information she needed, the diet, the care, the cage, toys, ect I showed her how to clean the cage, what I feed mine, and ways to ferret proof. When I told her that they need vacanations she asked why, and I didn't now how to reply to that. I got my ferrets about 6 months ago, and the old owner said that all they need is the rabies shot. But why? They don't go outside, and my dogs aren't in contact with them. So basically, I would like to know what shots you get your ferrets and why?
Most states require rabies shots by law. My honest opinion is that getting a distemper shot as an adult ferrets is most important as they are at a much higher risk, especially in the south. I also have our rescues on heartworm preventative. It is nearly impossible to keep from having an occasionally mosquito fly in when the door opens and it only takes one bite to infect them. Depending on what you use, it will also protect against ear mites and fleas.
Flea and tick prevention can come with the heartworm preventative such as revolution. We use an Ivermectin dilution to prevent heartworms. It also prevents mites, which is a bonus since we have had rescues come in with ear mites.
I mentioned the heartworm prevention since most of Texas is epidemic levels, similar to where I live. Not a vaccine, but a similar medical preventative care.
I give one shot of rabies and distemper about 6 m of age(make certain they are a MINIMUM two weeks apart), and that's it. I don't permit anyone I am not extremely familiar with handle them at all. And many vaccines have proven efficacious for up to 7 yrs. Heartworm is not usually an issue here as the temp is never stable at high enough temperatures LONG enough for the heartworm to reach a stage where it becomes a danger.
Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Post by dorena261-Natalia on Dec 26, 2013 3:41:11 GMT -5
Only distemper. when they're 2 months old, next one after a month, third when they're 1,3 yo and 4th -2,5 yo. For heartworms, flies etc i give them advocate every month from spring to winter cause they like long walks