My ferret is a rescue from my local shelter, for this reason we do not know his medical history. He is about 2 years old. The shelter requires a rabies vaccine before sending him home so he got that 8 days ago. Now I'm being questioned about distemper from my vet and told her I would think about it (AKA ask you guys lol). I live in Texas and my ferret is going to be indoors only- I'd like to explore leash training at some point but for now he is only inside. Do the pros of getting distemper outweigh the cons? Is it irresponsible to not get it? My vet seemed very keen on me getting it. Any advice or opinions are welcome.
Do your research into the vaccine but for now, do not give the distemper vaccine at least for another month to give your ferret's immune system time to get used to the vaccine that was just given. I don't know the incidence of distemper in your area, so cannot talk risks with you. Distemper is a horrible disease, the vaccine isn't full proof and it won't prevent your ferret from getting the disease but it will give your ferret a fighting chance. That's my thought on the situation ciao
I would check on any outbreaks in your area. Titer in is also an idea. That checks the level of antibodies already in the system as he may well have been vaccinated for it from a previous owner.
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