Oh. my. god. I cannot find any animal clinics that specializes in exotics that are willing to help me out and not just for the money.
EG. I went to Sunset Animal Clinic, in West Columbia (which is my general area, btw), and when I asked them some questions, they said they were strictly kibble-diet, melatonin only type of vet.
Totally not encouraging. I pretty much bit back responses that would have been detrimental in regards to what they told me.
The vet apparently thinks that kibble is more healthy than raw; that raw actually is detrimental to the health of a ferret. I was like "this guy is living in the OLD ages...almost all the other ferret vets have changed their views..."
He also doesn't use deslorelin...but I wonder if its from lack of knowledge rather than outright refusal. I may have my mum call the clinic sometime and set up a consultation/visit meeting with the vet and ask him to consider Deslorelin, since I would love to implant my future ferrets with them...
Regardless, i have a really distinct feeling he won't take that well...so I should be looking for other ferret-owner-pet friendly animal clinics. But I think Sunset is the ONLY exotic animal clinic in my area. :S
Okay I have one vet, they're located in Mount Pleasant, SC.
This is what they said,
Presuming we will be performing a thorough external physical exam, fecal analysis to check for parasites, parasite eggs, or negative bacterial growth in the gastrointestinal tract, vaccine premedication, rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, brief anesthesia and deslorelin implant, the cost would be approximately $394 per ferret.
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Is that even a decent price?? Thats a lot of money. But I just got a promotion at my job so..I can make that money quickly, but thats almost about my paycheck...haha.
I'm only planning on giving them the rabies vaccine once, distemper once and then whenever an outbreak is reported in SC (which is probably like never), and the deslorelin every 18 months (does that sound right)?
I just am so confused. Im reading everything i can, Ferrets for Dummies, Ferret helpbooks, and here...so..i would love an idea of whats typical?
For all of that- that's an excellent price! And the fecal is a good idea to do once in a while anyway. Just make certain they do NOT do any of the shots together, even the implant. Rabies and distemper NEED to be a minimum of 2-3 weeks apart, preferably longer if you can. Des should not be done at this time, since their immune system is going to be stressed out by the vaccines.
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
Welp, Im looking at doing the des sometime in Jan (per someone who said so?), I just hope they don't get adrenal between Aug and Jan. I highly doubt they need rabies but I have a clinic closer to me thats also exotic animal-orientated, so i will take them there for just rabies and distemper once. But the other vet, will definitely be going there for the deslorelin, which in my opinion is a must.
But I was going to ask, when is a good time for them to get deslorelin (specifically, what month?)
I'm guessing this is the preventative? I've heard that January or thereabouts...before they start to "season" I don't think that it really matters once the ferret is over a year of age though. Adrenal ferrets get it every 6 to 9 months. I've had success with it at 6 months and try to not allow any breakthrough symptoms. Jennifer is the real expert on this though ciao
No, you hadn't misread. My guys already had adrenal, they're being implanted to help keep the disease down to a dull roar. There are a couple of uses for the DES implant. What it was designed for; a chemical castration. What many are trying (it hasn't been proven yet) as an adrenal preventative...and finally what many of us are using it for which is to help stall adrenal after diagnosis. Hence, the question as to what specific purpose you were planning. As a chemical castration and treatment for adrenal there is no time line. As a preventative I believe that people believe before their first birthday and before they go into a season, but it's not known if that time line is indeed necessary ciao
^^ agreed, which is why i posted the amount to see if that was good or not. But since its better than average, it sounds like, I like the vet clinic already. What now Im worried about is if theyre in the for the monetary gain...but they've pretty much said they are willing to work with me on the raw diet...so im excited about that. a vet that approves *kinda* raw. or at least willing to try. Anyways.
Im pretty happy about that. But we'll see how it goes when i do go, which will be next Jan i guess. I don't get the kits til the August summer starts. so quite a ways off.
Im glad its so far off. Today i literally got a promotion. Its been kinda falling in place since I started researching back in Jan. Like, I literally said, "Whatever deity that favors me, please, allow things to happen so i can receive my hearts desire here, so I can give a fuzzy a good home". And welp..things happened. Miracles come true. I got a job promotion...and im so grateful, i didn't even know i was in the running for the position i accepted. Like, its a position that i shouldn't even have, but was offered and accepted. So Im excited, nervous and just...happy.