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Ferrets Can Be Furry Family Too

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Fragile Ferrets Entertain Families and Friends

Your new family pet will provide you with entertainment and laughs as he or she climbs and crawls through tubes, hoses, boxes, clothing and pipes.

Keeping your ferret safe and secure in your home is easy with a bit of advanced planning.

Create or purchase a cage, bedding, toys and preliminary food choices before you bring your new ferret home.  Your veterinarian can make suggestions as to appropriate long-term foods for your new pet.  During your visit, you'll want to talk about future wellness visits.

Your veterinarian will also help you determine if your ferret is prone to allergies or has sensitivities you should be aware of.

When thinking about bringing home a ferret as a family pet there are a number of considerations you will want to make.  Some of the top items to think about before deciding on this pet are related to housing and safety for you and your new ferret.

Safety first, so remember ferrets are fragile.  Pick them up by the scruff of their neck with one hand under their bottom, or with hands supporting both chest and hip areas.  When making sharp or fast gestures, or pointing, know that you may get a quick nip because you startled them or prompted them to think of you as a food source.

Just like dogs are historically pack animals and prefer to live in cave type shelter with other dogs - or you - your ferret's long-lost relatives lived in dens and he or she will want to live in that environment also.  Setting up a new home will be easy when you plan in advance.

Avoid glass or plastic aquariums that do not provide adequate ventilation.  Instead, choose wire or mesh caging that measures a minimum of 30 inches wide, 18 inches long and 18 inches deep.  You will find that your ferret will probably prefer a multi-level home.  Steps, stairs, shelves and climbing blocks can be used to create this effect.  Check your cage to ensure that openings are smaller than 1x2 inches and make sure your furry friend's cage locks securely so you don't fast find out that you have an escape artist in your home!

Place a washable, flat surface over the cage's mesh floor.  Vinyl, linoleum or disposable carpet pieces will provide them comfort and still be easy to sanitize.  You'll want to locate your ferret's cage in an area that's very cool in your home and away from direct sunlight.  When cleaning use mild detergent for hard surfaces, launder bedding and always sanitize all materials used by your ferret.

"You can save time cleaning a ferret's cage by simply teaching the animal to use a litter pan," suggests the Humane Society of the United States.  "Find a small cardboard or plastic tray that is three to five inches high to serve as a litter box, and secure it to one side of the cage, away from sleeping and eating areas."

Cats are fastidious with their hygiene, ferrets are not.  Expect to empty their litter box often and rest assured that you will know they've made a deposit.  Ferrets don't cover their bowel movement as cats do.

Plan to provide regular care for your ferret's ears because they will be susceptible to ear mites.  Flea prevention, a continuous problem for dog and cat owners, will be an issue to discuss with your family veterinarian.  You'll also want to talk with your vet about possible respiratory problems that can be caused when using clumping litter and wood chips made of cedar or pine.

Play time will be enjoyable for you and your ferret when you provide interesting items for your ferret to use for entertainment.  They are masters of climbing and crawling, and will enjoy paper bags, tubes, boxes, clothing items, hoses and other hidey-hole environments.

"Ferrets are social creatures who enjoy visiting with people, so let them roam frequently in a secure area outside of their cages. Although they have a great sense of smell and acute hearing, ferrets have limited vision, which means you should avoid sudden movements and speak in a gentle voice before approaching," advises the Humane Society of the United States.

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  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

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    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

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    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

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    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

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    San Francisco, CA

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