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Open 24 Hours, Year Round

256 Sheppard Ave. West
Toronto, ON M2N 1N3
(416) 222-5409

In follow-up to our last post we’re giving you helpful and informative info about ferret care!

– The Average Ferret lifespan is 6-8 years.

– Diet: Ferrets are strict carnivores and it is important to feed a high-quality diet designed specifically to meet the needs of ferrets. We feed our ferrets ‘Totally Ferret ‘.

– Ferrets can be trained to use a litter box, but are not as reliable as cats – you can expect the occasional accident from your pet ferret as a normal part of ferret ownership.

– Ferrets have a natural musty odour – this is normal, and canl not be removed by de-scenting. Occasional baths and diligent hygiene can help keep odour to a minimum, but if you are not okay with this smell in your home, then ferrets may not be the ideal pet for you.

– Ferrets digest food very quickly and it is normal for them to defecate several times daily.

– Ferrets require ample living space – there are many deluxe multi-leveled ferret cages available that are appropriate. Regardless of cage size however, time out of their cage every day to exercise and spend time with their human is crucial to their physical and emotional well-being.

– Ferrets can fit into surprisingly small places, can slip underneath doors, and can chew possessions and wires – before getting ferrets as pets, you must ferret-proof your home.

– Many ferrets develop serious medical conditions, such as adrenal disease, lymphoma and insulinoma. If you are considering a ferret for a pet, you should familiarize yourself with the symptoms of these and other common diseases, and be prepared for the cost and commitment to treating them, should they occur.

– Distemper virus is 100% fatal in ferrets and they must be vaccinated yearly to prevent infection. They also must receive rabies vaccination yearly. Health checks are recommended every 6-12 months, or more often in older ferrets, or ferrets with medical conditions.

– Ferrets should be housed in pairs or groups. While human companionship is important, we can not replace their need for ferret companionship. If you are interested in having a ferret as a pet, please consider adopting in pairs or groups of 3.

– Many ferrets find themselves displaced, due to change in life circumstances, medical issues, or unrealistic expectations. If you are going to adopt a ferret, please consider seeking out rescue groups and humane shelters rather than purchasing from a pet store or breeder.

If you are well-prepared and well-informed, these curious, playful and fascinating creatures can bring a lot of joy to your life.

Have more questions??? Feel free to give the team at Ashbridge’s Bay Animal Hospital a call at (416) 915-7387.

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