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Happy and healthy ferrets


ferrets happy healthyWe strongly recommend that you take out insurance as vets’ bills can be expensive.

Most insurers let you pay the premium in instalments, so spreading the cost.

Vaccinations and routine treatments

  • Ferrets must be inoculated against canine distemper. Symptoms of distemper include loss of appetite, nasal discharge, blinking of the eyes and fever. There is no cure for distemper so prevention is vital. You should take your ferret to the vet for its annual booster vaccination. The visit also provides the opportunity for a routine health check.
  • Ferrets need to be treated for worms and fleas every three months.


  • Ferrets should be neutered when they become sexually mature: in males, this is when they are about six months old; in females, it is usually around the age of eight months, once they have had their first season.
  • Neutering prevents unwanted babies and provides protection against a range of serious diseases.
  • It also dulls the famous ferret odour.


Around 40 per cent of the ferrets that arrive at Wood Green are strays. Microchipping means that escapees can quickly be reunited with their owners. If you have homed your ferret from a different source, your vet can microchip it for a small fee.

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