Ferrets, the domesticated form of the polecat, are a popular pet throughout the UK due to their friendly, affectionate and inquisitive nature. They are not suited to everyone as they investigate using their mouths and tend to bite objects as they explore. They're known for being highly intelligent escape artists if their housing is not secure! It is extremely important that they are given plenty of free time to roam outside of their housing to explore in a safe, escape-proof area. Some people even choose to walk them on a harness. We are members of the British Veterinary Zoological Society, a specialist veterinary division representing all of the ferret specialists across the country. We attend twice yearly conferences to keep on top of the very latest developments in the field - you can be assured that we give the very best ferret service possible.
We strongly advise clients to obtain pet insurance as diagnosis and treatment can be expensive, especially when unexpected. Consider using a specialist exotics insurance company such as https://www.exoticdirect.co.uk/. Visit our Insurance page for more information.
For advice on signs of diseases that may need immediate attention, please look at our emergency page. If you are housing your ferret outdoors, please be aware of some of the seasonal problems you might experience.
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Female ferrets that have not been neutered are known as 'Jills,' males are known as 'Hobs.' Ferrets may be neutered for a variety of reasons depending upon personal circumstances:
Prevention is far better than any cure and there are a number of ways to achieve this:
Ferrets are naturally carnivores so they require a lot of fat and protein in their diet. Commercial ferret biscuits are formulated to provide them with a complete balanced diet and they should not need any additional food. Some owners choose to give their ferret the odd meat or malt paste treat to keep them entertained. We stock a range of veterinary recommended ferret diets.
Some people opt for raw-meat diets, especially if they own a lot of working ferrets. In this case, extreme care must be taken to make sure that the meat is free from infections or parasites and will provide the ferrets with all of their nutrients.
There are many different opinions on whether ferrets should be vaccinated, when and which product should be used. There are no vaccines currently in the UK licensed for use in ferrets and rare side effects have been reported after vaccine use. We consider each ferret as an individual and weigh-up the likely risks of the ferret catching diseases with the most appropriate course of action.
The disease of most concern in ferrets is distemper which they can catch from dogs with the disease. Given that the majority of dogs are vaccinated against this disease and the last case of distemper known to us in Liverpool occurred in 1992 we consider the risks to ferrets very, very low. It is for this reason that we do not routinely vaccinate against it.
If you are considering taking your pet ferret abroad (for a holiday or due to relocation) you might be required to get a pet passport. For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
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Village Vets Centre Ltd
65 Quarry St
Tel.: 0151 428 8600
Tel.: 0151 428 8600