Like dogs, cats or rabbits, ferrets must also follow an annual vaccination plan to avoid being exposed to dangerous diseases. Although in many autonomous regions of Spain ferret vaccines are not mandatory, it is recommended to put them in order to prevent infection . Also, if you are going to travel outside the country, you do need to have your ferret vaccinated and with a passport up to date.
And, of course, like other animals, ferrets also need to be dewormed both internally and externally.
What are the recommended ferrets vaccines?
- Canine distemper. The most important ferret vaccine for your health. Distemper is a very serious and highly contagious viral disease that is transmitted through the air, fluids, contact with sick animals (ferrets and dogs), through infected beds, toys or blankets. Their level of mortality is very high, there is very little chance of the animal going forward once infected. The distemper affects the respiratory tract, the digestive system and the nervous system, suffering symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, lack of appetite, fever, abundant diarrhea and severe dehydration.
- Rage. Although rabies has been eradicated in Spain since 1970, some nearby countries still suffer outbreaks of this deadly disease. It is a virus that is spread through the bite or through the mucous membranes, affecting first the central nervous system and later the organs, causing the death of the animal after 7-10 days from the appearance of the first symptoms.
As you can see, distemper and rabies are the only two vaccines needed for ferrets in the cages , so it does not take any effort or complication to keep this important aspect of your health up to date. Remember, prevention is better than cure. However, so that you know the correct vaccination guideline, we will show you how and when you should put the vaccines for ferrets.
Vaccination plan for ferrets: how and when to vaccinate them
To offer effective protection you must follow a correct guideline in ferret vaccines, respecting the different doses and the time between one and the other.
For puppies ferrets, 3 vaccines against distemper and 1 against rabies , always leaving three weeks of space between each one. A good calendar would be:
- 8 weeks : First distemper vaccine
- 11 weeks : Second distemper vaccine
- 14 weeks : Third distemper vaccine
- 17 weeks : Rabia
- Annually a distemper vaccine and another one of rabies
If you only put two distemper vaccines, immunity to 100% of the animal is not assured and you would be exposed to the disease if contact occurred. It is recommended to put rabies between 4 and 6 months , but always leaving a separation of two or three weeks from the distemper vaccine to avoid the risk of adverse reactions.
Adult ferrets that have not been vaccinated from puppies will also have to follow the vaccination plan with three dislocated distemper vaccines.
Since there is currently no vaccine for specific distemper for ferrets , dogs are used. However, not all vaccines are suitable or safe for them, so you should be advised by your veterinarian on which is the best. Multiple vaccines for dogs such as prevalent should not be used in ferrets, since they contain other diseases that do not attack them.