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Ferret Care in Mount Pleasant, SC

Ferrets are playful and interesting animal companions, with an average life expectancy of 5-7 years—though they can live up to 12 years! For complete ferret care that keeps your pet happy and healthy, we offer the Ferret VetCare Package, an all-inclusive package designed specifically for ferret owners. It’s important that we see your ferret bi-annually for checkups and any other treatments they need for a long, healthy life.

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Ferret VetCare Package

Ferret VetCare Package

Whether you’re a new owner starting out with a baby ferret or living with mature ferrets, our Ferret VetCare Package will help you organize and save on their care.

Disclaimer:

  • Our VetCare Packages are for healthy pets only
  • Because the VetCare Packages are already discounted, they cannot be purchased with CareCredit or Scratchpay, and no coupons or other discounts can be applied

This Package Includes

  • Comprehensive Health & Dental Checkup Ferrets can conceal signs of pain and illness very well. Our Ferret VetCare Package covers their full health and dental checkup so we can screen them for disease.
  • Intestinal Parasite Screen To check your ferret for parasites, we perform a combined test that helps us look for tapeworms, roundworms, coccidia, and giardia. These pests can be harmful to their health, so timely treatment is important.
  • Ear Analysis To check your ferret for ear mites, we’ll need to do an ear swab and check under the microscope for signs of these pests.
  • Vaccines Rabies and distemper vaccines, because it is common for ferrets to have a reaction to their vaccines, we monitor them afterward and administer treatment as needed.
  • Deslorelin Hormone Suppression Implantation Under Sedation/Brief AnesthesiaDeslorelin Hormone Suppression Implantation is an alternative to surgery that can help prevent the onset of adrenal gland disease in ferrets. Adrenal gland disease is very common among ferrets, and is characterized by enlarged adrenal glands and excess hormone production. Clinical signs of this disease include swelling of the genitalia, sexual aggression, skin disorders, and hair loss. Affected glands may become cancerous, and one or both glands can be affected. Performing implantation when the ferret is young is ideal for preventing adrenal gland disease.
  • Nail TrimWe can trim your ferret’s nails as needed to prevent them from growing too long and becoming painful for you, and dangerous for them.
  • Heartworm PreventionFerrets are more likely than dogs and cats to become infected with heartworms. Attempts to treat heartworm disease in ferrets are often unsuccessful, so prevention is key. Make sure your ferret is taking heartworm preventative year-round.
  • Package Add-Ons: Microchipping:
    Standard $40, as Package Add-On $30
    Microchipping: A microchip is a safe, permanent, and effective form of ID for your pet. If your ferret happens to get lost, they will have a greater chance of being reunited with you. After your pet receives their chip, the chip needs to be registered online so it can be traced back to you.
  • $630 With our Ferret VetCare Package, you receive $748 worth of care for only $630.
  • How do I sign up for a VetCare Package? Purchase online, then make reservation online
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Signs Your Ferret is Having a Health Emergency

Signs Your Ferret is Having a Health Emergency

Is your ferret showing any of the following symptoms? If so, call us immediately at (843) 216-8387.

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Pawing at the mouth (could indicate nausea due to low blood sugar)
  • Frequent trips to the litterbox with little or no urine production
  • Tense abdomen
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression

It’s essential that we see your ferret right away if they’re having an emergency. Until you’re able to get to our clinic, you can try feeding your ferret by hand or with a syringe with chicken or beef baby food if they aren’t eating on their own. You can also try rubbing Karo syrup or honey on their gums prior to feeding them if they appear weak and disoriented.

Things to Expect at Your Ferret’s Wellness Visits

Things to Expect at Your Ferret’s Wellness Visits

We recommend regular exams, blood work, and vaccines to keep your ferret healthy. Here is what you can expect for your ferret’s routine wellness visits at our clinic:

  • 1st visit – Physical exam, fecal analysis, rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, and microchipping
  • 6-month exam: Physical exam
  • Annual exam: Physical exam, fecal analysis, CBC/Chemistries, rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine

Senior exam: Physical exam, fecal analysis, CBC/Chemistries, radiographs, and ultrasound

Doctor Holding Ferret
How to Transport Your Ferret to Our Clinic

How to Transport Your Ferret to Our Clinic

Two Ferrets In Carrier

To safely and comfortably transport your ferret to our clinic, make sure you have a secure, appropriately- sized carrier that is also well ventilated and easy to clean. Add a few layers of absorbent paper on the floor of the carrier to absorb urine just in case, and place an old clean towel or T-shirt inside as well to make your ferret’s journey a little more comfortable.

Common Diseases and Conditions

Common Diseases and Conditions

There are many prevalent health conditions that we see in ferrets.

Vaccinating Your Ferret

Vaccinating Your Ferret

Exotic Vet Care offers 2 vaccines for ferrets, the rabies vaccine and the distemper vaccine. The rabies vaccine is required for your ferret once a year by law in the state of South Carolina. If your ferret has not had their rabies vaccine in the last 12 months and bites someone, they will need to be quarantined for 10 days or more to check for clinical signs of rabies.

It is common for ferrets to experience vaccine reactions, which can be harmful. Our experienced exotic vets are knowledgeable in ferret care and can recommend the appropriate vaccine plan for your pet.

Care Sheets

Care Sheets