Message Number: YG3639 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-16 18:26:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Another New Experience

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., katharine <shurcool@i...> wrote:
> Just got home with Emma, my new rescue. She is
> indeed in heat. That was the best of the things
> it could have been. Doc stimulated her to
> ovulate. He said her vulva should shrink within a
> week or so and then we can spay her. There are no
> signs of pregnancy. She appears quite young and
> he thinks this may be her first heat.

Dear Katharine-

Actually, if she is not anemic, you could spay her today. There isno
reason that a ferret needs to be taken out of heat prior to a spay,
unless she is significantly anemic.

The difference between spaying a ferret in heat and one who is not in
heat is minimal in terms of bleeding. If the bloodwork is okay - I'd
just go ahead and spay her now.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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