My little guy will reach six months of age on the 24th of January this month.
I know it's time for him to get fixed soon. I've decided to give him a des implant when the time comes. I'd rather give him the longer lasting of the two implants as I'd rather it last a few years.
He's begun to have some behavioral issues. While he's very affectionate and sweet with me, he "goes after" other people. He bites unprovoked - hard. It's embarrassing, and upsetting. I want to be able to take him places but when he behaves like this I begin to wonder if I can. I can't keep bringing him to my friend's houses if he keeps biting them to the point of drawing blood.
Will he be nicer towards others after getting his implant? Will it help him to settle down and stop biting people? When is the right age for him to get it? Is the longer lasting implant okay?
The behaviour is the beginning of the terrible teen years in a ferret. Just because he's a baby and just because he's a good boy with you doesn't mean you should't work on his naughty behaviour, especially if you want him to be social. I do not allow my hobs to hunt guests. They learn just like everyone else if they cannot behave they're presented with the sin bin. I've got a boy right now who's 7 months old....he thinks he's a hob but he's still a baby. He can be a little poop but all I have to do is call his name and say no and he trundles off toward my studio, muttering in bad hob language. He's in the process about not hunting my grandkids (but those squealing little creatures who run away from him and they have such delectable toes lol) It may be that for the present, until he's old enough to be chemically castrated, that he will have to be restricted in his activities. You will have your sweet little boy back, when he's out of season. It maybe that you just have to wait for a few months A DES implant is not recommended before they reach 9 months of age (sexual maturity can be reached as early as 5 or 6 months if you've got the lighting wrong) but you cannot push physical maturity which doesn't occur until they're a year or more (my lines don't mature until they're 18 months). Neutering isn't recommended until they're about a year (which is hard for some to reach and not dream of neutering) Old school thought was to neuter as soon as their testicles dropped down and gave the vet something to work with. Unfortunately, it's now proven that adrenal starts to become an issue within 2 to 5 yrs of altering surgeries. There are 2 implants. The 4.7 and the 9.4. The 9.4 has limited availability. Mostly the EU and Australia. The 4.7 is available throughout world to some degree or other. The 4.7 lasts about a year give or take. I've heard from some that the 9.4 does not extend this, others report that it doubles the time. I personally don't know. I can only use the 4.7. ciao