The only vaccine regularly used is the distemper vaccine. There is no ferret specific distemper shot, it's a canine distemper (puppy). The ferret specific distemper purefax has been either unavailable or in such short supply that it's unavailable. I don't believe it was ever used in the UK. A ferret jab? or a jill jab?.....that's a hormone to take a jill out of season. ciao
Unfortunately, they do occur and frequently enough that a vet who couldn't save her little boy, started a study that proved that vaccinating as often as we did (annually) as totally unnecessary. I've had a couple and have known more than a few. You can help combat this by getting a shot of antihistamine and always wait for half an hour to 45 minutes at the vet's before leaving. They can and do happen after a longer period but they're more rare ciao
We've been told first at 6-8 weeks, then 4 weeks later then annually from there by one vet and 3 years on from the second round by another lol you'd think with something as important as vaccinations everyone would be reading from the same book so to speak.?
Hi I normally dont vaccinate for distemper until they are at least 6 months old then its one shot and one shot only ( they use a puppy distemper vaccination ) some vets agree with me some dont but my big question that no one has answered yet is you have put the vaccine in ( this gives them a little protection it wont stop them catching and possibly passing from distemper ) why do they need to repeat and repeat the vaccine ? the ferret has not used it ! could it be its a nice little earner for the vet and drug companies ! rabies is not needed in the uk unless you plan on traveling to another country then rabies and a passport and microchip is needed hope this helps take care bye for now Bev
No. They're a small creature, they don't need all that toxin in their bodies. If you're concerned about whether they will react or not, do a titre. This will tell you if there is any active antibodies. I certainly wouldn't do a "kit series" and then an annual (even every 3 yrs is too frequent). The reason for a kit series is this....(simplified of course). The mother will carry antibodies which she will convey to her kits while they're nursing. As each kit is an individual and each has their own immunity reaction, the length of time the mother's immunity affects each kit is questionable. Some kits will only be covered for a few weeks after they stop nursing, others will be covered for longer, up to 16 weeks, hence the use of the kit series. It's supposed to cover the cracks. The problem is that with the first vaccine say at 8 weeks, if there was the mother's immunity still protecting that kit and you've vaccinated you've now nullified both the mother's immunity and the vaccine's, so that's why 2 weeks later they will give another, I believe at that point about 50% of the vaccines take. So they double down in another 4 weeks for the final gamble for it to take and do a "booster". The problem is you can't boost the immune system, it either knows or it doesn't. If after 3 vaccines it doesn't know, it's never going to know. What they should do is run a titre to see if the ferret is holding an immunity at that point, but they don't, they just give more serum. What they were finding with the annuals was that by the second and third years they were getting huge reactions and if titres were done there was no immunity. ciao
If you get a titre done and there is an immunity (it's measured) then you don't have to vaccinate. You then decide when you want to titre again. Some do this annually or don't bother again. There is an accepted norm and then there is an immune response and then of course there is a zero response. Just because the numbers are low doesn't mean that there isn't an immune response, it just means that the animal hasn't come into contact with the virus. Obviously, a zero response means that there is no immunity to that virus. ciao
Just spoken to my vet about these titre tests. She said she's happy to do one but it would require then being under a anesthetic for their bloods being taken... Apparently most uk vets seem to have trouble when it comes to taking bloods (?!?!?)
So now it comes down to do we risk the anesthetic or potentially over vaccinating?
This year? I wouldn't vaccinate (if you're going to vaccinate at all) until they're 6 months to a year. As you don't know if they've been vaccinated or not, I wouldn't vaccinate until they were a year old. I personally would't do it again after that. There is no point in doing a titre at this age. You would want to do it about 2 or 3 yrs after you vaccinate. ciao