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When you bring a ferret into your home, you want to provide appropriate care and our veterinary staff at Yarmouth Veterinary Center is here to help! Unlike other pets, ferrets require careful supervision and care to ensure that they remain healthy and active. You also need to ensure that your ferret receives appropriate veterinary care to prevent health concerns and address any problems that arise.
A ferret is a small, domesticated mammal that many individuals bring into their home as a pet. Generally, a ferret ranges in size from one to five pounds after reaching maturity and it is considered part of the weasel family.
Since it is a domesticated animal, it does not have the skills and ability to live outdoors. Owners should take measures to prevent a ferret from leaving the house so that it remains healthy and active.
Caring for a ferret starts with understanding their physical and emotional needs. As a pet owner, you want to ensure that your ferret has an appropriate diet and exercise routine.
Basic considerations to ensure that your ferret remains healthy include:
Ferrets require constant supervision when you allow the animal out of a cage. Since your pet can bite, make sure that you discipline your pet with a loud and clear voice to teach appropriate behavior. You can also provide treats of fruit or vegetables to encourage good behavior and teach specific skills. Interact regularly with your ferret for good health and wellness.
Generally, you want to bring your ferret to an animal hospital early in life and at least once per year after the initial vaccinations and treatments to protect against health concerns. Appropriate treatment from veterinarians will depend on the health of your ferret and any concerns that arise during routine treatment.
Since a ferret is a mammal, you need to ensure that you provide appropriate veterinary care and vaccinations to prevent certain illnesses. For example, you want to discuss rabies shots and similar vaccinations with a veterinarian early in a ferret's life. Booster shots are also an important part of protecting the animal from health concerns or problems.
A veterinary professional at our clinic offers recommendations for appropriate care based on the needs of the specific animal, so discuss any health concerns with a veterinarian before making changes to a routine. You also want to seek treatment for emergencies or any unexpected health concerns that arise.
Bringing a cute mammal into your home provides companionship and an interesting new adventure, but you must also provide the appropriate diet and exercise routine to encourage good health and well-being.
For more details about caring for a ferret or to make an appointment with a veterinary professional, call us today at (207) 846-6515!
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