Message Number: YG816 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-03-06 10:31:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Routine Health Care question


> Is it okay to ask a question about routine health care here? My boys
> are 2 years old and will be going in for their yearly exam and
> vaccinations. Since they are now 2 years old, is there anything special
> I need to make sure the vet does? I have read that blood tests should
> be taken at age two....I have also read that blood tests aren't really
> necessary.

I like to do overview bloodwork starting at age 3, especially if
there are any health concerns.

They get their rabies and distemper 3 weeks apart-should
> blood be taken at the same time, or should it be done a couple weeks
> later?

It can be done at the same time, if it doesn't stress out the
ferret too much.

Should it be drawn or taken by clipping the nail? I would be
> very interested to read what others recommend for this exam!

Drawn, please!!! Clipping nails hurts, contaminates the sample
with other materials, and doesn't provide enough blood. I can
usually get enough blood from a cephalic, jugular or saphenous vein
(or combination in those wriggly ones) without anesthesia.

-Dr. Karen
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