DiNozzo is adorable! He's in the very pointy face baby stage
Be sure you wait about 20-30 minutes after he gets his vaccine, unless they are really good with ferrets. I had a ferret react badly to the distemper vaccine once- vomiting and diarrhea. It was scary. I had thought they had given her an antihistamine but I guess they hadn't (they did with the first round of shots, but I guess they didn't check the chart and didn't bother the second time around.) I don't know if ferrets will react to ferret-specific distemper vaccine, but after that experience I don't take any chances, I wait around for a while until I'm sure nothing bad will happen.
Current duo: Females Nefertiti and Valandris (Vivi) DIP: Claudius, Tavi, Cleo, Marcus, and Nile
Post by caitmonster on Apr 25, 2020 18:10:55 GMT -5
A very good point. FWIW, my vet used the one for dogs/puppies, since he doesn't see enough ferret patients to have anything else in stock. One note on the antihistamine--even if they do receive one, be extra sure to monitor for several hours afterwards as there is the possibility of a delayed reaction as well.
Post by colorguarder08 on May 5, 2020 22:27:40 GMT -5
Today DiNozzo had a busy day. Because my husband was off work I didn't have to spend pretty much all my time with the puppies and so DiNozzo was out of the cage for 5 hours. However, to make his day even better he wasn't alone. At 9:24 am I got a phone call from a Petco half an hour away because I was the first on their list and they got a ferret in. Only one though. I told them I'd be in at 10 when they open to get him. There was a minor annoyance in the process (a family threw a fit because they weren't allowed to walk in and buy him despite the numerous signs saying not for sale and the associate explaining that they have a waiting list for the next 16 ferrets and how normally it's first come first serve but with the pandemic and the waiting list they are trying to be as ethical as possible by honoring the waitlist first). But DiNozzo now has a friend. His name is Kona and he is adorable. Surprisingly no dominance behavior shown. Instead lots of dooking, war dancing and wrestling. Currently DiNozzo is twice the size of Kona but he's also almost twice Kona's age.
Normally you should wait 2 weeks and quarantine the new ferret before you introduce it to your current ferret to avoid any illnesses being transmitted to your current ferret since you don't know if your new ferret has anything and has been checked out by the vet and of course get all it's necessary shots. They say they usually have their first distemper shot but at a very young age (too young) it doesn't do much so I've read.
Post by colorguarder08 on May 8, 2020 0:25:29 GMT -5
They sleep together eat together and just in general are very happy to have each other. Kona will be starting his vaccines when DiNozzo gets his last. Thankfully because of Konas young age he's been easy to switch over to raw as well. I will say neither seem too fond of spleen so I put that back in the freezer and grabbed out the pancreas. Hopefully they enjoy that better. For now though they have a couple more organ meals left and will be getting 1 more boneless meat and the rest of the week will be balanced grinds.