Ferret Vaccines and How Important These Are

Providing ferret vaccines from a registered veterinarian is part of your pet ferret’s healthy well-being. We all want our pets to be healthy as they grow and this requires protection and prevention against certain diseases and viruses that could potentially harm or kill them as they grow.


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Ferret vaccination is highly important as it is with your other pet animals. Updated and complete vaccination records mean that your worries of having your pets contract these fatal viruses could be minimized. Ferret vaccines are highly effective and has long term effect that is why every pet owners must adhere to complete the recommended vaccines because not only it will protect their pets but it could also help other animals not to contract these diseases by not being a carrier of the infection.


Ferret Vaccines that your pet must have are:

  • Canine Distemper Virus Vaccine (CDV)

The Purevax Ferret Distemper Vaccine is available from your ferret veterinarian. For young ferrets in which the mother (jill) has unknown vaccine history, the dosage must be given in higher amounts. Recommend amount is 3x series of vaccine with a 3-week interval period, then annual booster shots after. Same goes with adult ferrets of unknown history, but only 2x series of vaccine 3 weeks apart and also recommended annual booster shots. The schedule for newborn ferrets are on the 6th week, 9th week, and 11th week of age.

For ferrets with well-maintained and updated vaccination records, the veterinarian will give the recommended dosage based on the medication prescription which normally starts at 8th weeks then followed on their 11th and 14th week. Booster shots are given annually as well. Your ferret veterinarian will not give vaccination shots to a pregnant ferret.

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Ferret vaccines for ferret distemper is highly important because the canine distemper virus is very fatal and could cause death in just span of days from contracting the infection. When this virus is contracted there is almost no hope for your pet ferret to recover from it.

The symptoms that your ferret will go through includes fever, anorexia, and blinking of the eyes. These symptoms are just the initial effects that you would observe. As it worsens, your pet will experience liquid discharge from their nose and pus-like discharge from their eyes which will eventually shut down their eyes as the discharge accumulates. Skin rashes like measles will start to develop and other diseases will become apparent such as pneumonia and respiratory problems.  The last symptoms of ferret distemper are the neurological diseases that will make your ferret to salivate excessively, twitch muscles, and experience series of seizures.

  • Anti-rabies vaccination

The anti-rabies vaccine could be given to your pet ferret as early as 12 weeks of age. For unknown vaccine history of ferrets you acquired, it is important to go to the veterinarian to have them vaccinated with anti-rabies even if you are unsure of its vaccination records. This vaccination is repeated yearly from the date you have their initial vaccine.

The rabies virus is most common in dogs particularly the stray ones but could be contracted by ferrets through bites and even through scratches from an infected animal. Rabies in ferrets will show the same symptoms to that of what dogs exhibit. These symptoms include seizure and disorientation, salivating excessively, behavioral problems and severe aggression. They will also show fear in water. Rabies can lead to immediate death of the animal infected.

Rabies is very fatal that even humans have to be very careful not to get bitten by an infected animal. The cases of rabies are growing every single day and there is no evident cure for this when acquired without protection. That is why taking the anti-rabies shot is so important. Most states in the US require all pet owners with dogs, cats, ferret, and other animal susceptible to rabies be injected with anti-rabies shot and update the vaccine every year. Some states even offer free anti-rabies shots to prevent this fatal virus.

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So far the canine distemper virus vaccine and the anti-rabies ferret vaccines are the types of vaccination required for your pet ferret. It is important that you keep their records and update them when needed to avoid any health problems in the future.


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