Friday, November 12, 2010

Ferrets And Spaying

If you bought your female ferret at a pet store, she was spayed, so you don’t have to worry about her going into heat. But if you picked her up from a breeder at a very young age, chances are she wasn’t. If that’s the case, get her spayed by the time she’s four months old.

Here’s why:

A female ferret will go into heat between the ages of 4 – 6 months during the breeding period, which generally runs from March through August. And once she goes into heat, she will stay in heat until she breeds. During this prolonged heat period, she will regularly experience bleeding from her reproductive tract. Eventually, she’ll lose enough blood for it to become life-threatening. Initially, she’ll become sick, and if not spayed promptly, she will ultimately die from the blood loss.

So pick up a spayed female ferret, or have her fixed promptly. If she goes into heat before you get a chance to get her spayed, have your vet give her a “jill jab” (an injection of hormones) to bring her out of it. Do not do this as an alternative to surgery, just as a way of bringing her temporarily out of heat as you prepare for her surgery.

If our sweet Clair was still with us, this is what she’d say if you asked her whether you should spay your ferret:

We miss you little one. I hope you're finally at peace.


  1. Whoa - that's pretty important to know. I'm learning so much about ferrets as time goes on. Bleeding to death from heat is crazy though.

  2. People don't know much about ferrets, so I'm hoping some of the info in these posts will come in handy. It's very important to learn about animals you care for, so their needs are not compromised, and they are able to grow healthy and happy. People should take their pet caring responsibilities very seriously. Animals are not home decorations that you toss when you're bored of them.