Critical Ferret References

Initial list created by Sukie Crandall. Maintained by the International Ferret Congress.

If you have any suggestions for new links or notice broken links, please contact Sukie Crandall or Helen McLean.

Last updated 27 March 2011

Important note:
The International Ferret Congress cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information at any of these sites. We recommend you seek assistance from qualified vets and other ferret experts.


Archives and lists    /    Poison control    /    Vet sites    /    Other health articles    /    Other collections    /   
ADV info    /    Rabies info    /    Monitoring glucose    /    Cardiomyopathy    /    Deafness    /   
Food comparison    /    Finding a vet    /    Drug info    /    Compounding pharmacies    /   
Medical terms    /    Public policy and hoarding


Archives and mailing lists:
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/ferrethealth/ Ferret Health List
http://ferrethealth.org/archive/ Archives of the Ferret Health List (from both Yahoo and SmartGroups)
http://listserv.ferretmailinglist.org/archives/ferret-search.html Archives of the Ferret Mailing List

Poison control:
http://www.napcc.aspca.org/ ASPCA National Poison Control Center

Veterinary sites with ferret-expert vets:
http://www.afip.org/ferrets/index.html Ferret pathology and health care site by world expert vet pathologist Dr. Bruce Williams.
http://www.lbah.com/ferrets/ferret_diseases.htm Detailed surgical info including adrenal, insulinoma, liver surgery and spaying
http://www.petcarevb.com/wordpress/ferrets/ Scroll down for descriptions of various problems and treatments, including urethrostomy
http://www.bradleyhills.com/ferrets/ Dr. Charlie Weiss' vet site with detailed adrenal info.
http://www.peteducation.com/index.cfm?cls=11 Variety of general care, health, nutrition, behavioral info
http://www.westendanimal.com Ordering info for ferret medical procedures video by Dr. Deborah Kemmerer.
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/ Go to the Small Mammal section for a series of articles by Dr. Susan Brown. Also has information about commonly used veterinary drugs.
http://www.heidihoefer.com/pages/medical_newsletters2.htm Information on common diseases including common conditions in older ferrets.

Sites with health articles by vets and others:
http://www.miamiferret.org/fhc Detailed info on variety of health issues. Highly recommended!
http://www.ferret.org/ American Ferret Association
http://www.ferretsanonymous.com/medical/medical.html Medical info from vets, including topics such as first aid kits, dental hygiene, and holiday hazards. Several interesting articles about adrenal disease.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/ferreter National Ferret Welfare Society in the UK, including vet articles on topic such as castration and abscesses, and Health Matters articles
http://www.ferrets.org/Ferret_Health.htm First aid and emergency treatments

Other collections of links to important health sites:
http://trifl.org/medical.shtml
http://www.ferretcentral.org Excellent foundation material, multiple languages and links

ADV info and testing info:
http://ferretadv.com/
http://www.ferret-universe.com/health/adv.html
http://www.avecon.com Avecon, maker of ADV test materials
http://www.ferrethaven.org/adv/adv_test.html United CEP test info
    (NB: United no longer does testing; samples need to be sent to Blue Cross Animal Hospital.)
http://wolfysluv.terrabox.com/adv-straight.html
http://www.heidihoefer.com/pages/ferrets/aleutian_disease_ferret.htm Article by Brown and Nye
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/advferret List for discussion of ADV issues
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/ferreter/aleutian01.htm

Rabies information:
http://www.avma.org American Veterinary Medical Association
http://www.avma.org/avmacollections/zu/javma_230_6_833.pdf The Compendium of Animal Rabies Control [PDF]
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/Ques&Ans/q&a.htm Easy to read rabies Q&A

How to monitor glucose levels:
http://www.unc.edu/~pjdutche/bloodsugar/

Cardiomyopathy and other heart problems:
http://www.vetheart.com/ heart info from veterinary cardiologists
http://www.miamiferret.org/fhc/cardiomyopathy.htm
http://www.miamiferret.org/fhc/cardio.htm
http://www.heidihoefer.com/pages/ferrets/ferret_heart.htm

Deafness in ferrets:
http://wolfysluv.com/deaf.html

Food comparison charts:
http://members.tripod.com/~Ferret_Luv/foodchart.html
http://home.att.net/~ferretfriendsofpgh/foodchart.htm

Finding a veterinarian:
http://www.quincyweb.net/quincy/vet.html
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/ferrethealth/files/ (subscription required)
http://www.ferretuniverse.com/
http://supportourshelters.org/
http://www.ferret.org/links/vets.html
http://www.ferrets.org/Veterinarian_Listings.htm British Columbia vets

Drugs and other medical products:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/pharmacy_center.html Animal drug information
http://www.doggon.com Travel chairs and mobility aids

Compounding pharmacies:
http://www.iacprx.org/site/PageServer?pagename=lookup_survey
http://www.pccarx.com/links.aspx
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/compounding_pharmacies.html

Understanding medical terms and further resources:
http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/omd/ on-line medical dictionary
http://www.petinsurance.com/ vet insurance for ferrets and other pets
http://www.trifl.org/cedar.shtml summary of literature search on pine and cedar toxicity
http://research.ucsb.edu/connect/pro/disease.html zoonoses: diseases shared between animals and humans
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/ Merck Veterinary Manual

Political/health/hoarding issues:
http://www.fda.gov/cvm/adetoc.htm federal reporting of veterinary adverse drug reactions
http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/awa.htm USDA Animal Welfare Act
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/index.shtml USDA animal care publications and policies
http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty ASPCA animal cruelty news and issues page
http://www.tufts.edu/vet/cfa/hoarding/ Animal hoarding research
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/pubact92/acts/92-0454.html Illinois public act on humane animal care
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/p000425.html article on people who hoard animals