Did you know that ferrets are very susceptible to rabies – the same virus that all dogs and cats get vaccines to protect them against? Did you know that NY State requires that all ferrets be vaccinated against rabies, not only to protect people if they should get bitten, but also to protect your ferret in case he/she was exposed to a rabid bat, raccoon, fox, skunk, or other animal?
All ferrets – even pets that don’t go outside - should be vaccinated against rabies particularly if he or she accidentally nips a stranger, and that person reports the bite to the health department. If your ferret is vaccinated, the authorities will be much more likely to simply quarantine your pet, rather than to confiscate it for testing, if he/she is vaccinated, and you have a veterinary certificate to prove it.
Often ferret owners are concerned about their ferrets potentially reacting to the vaccine. These days, fortunately, we at the Veterinary Center see very few reactions because we administer Benadryl before giving the shot, making reaction much less likely.
So, don’t wait! Come on the 1st Thursday of every month, starting Thursday, May 1st, to the Veterinary Center’s low cost ferret vaccine clinic to get your ferret vaccinated against this fatal disease. Just call the Veterinary Center to schedule your ferret’s appointment, and cross rabies virus off the list as a concern in your ferret’s healthcare.