Male ferrets can be neutered from 12 weeks of age and this either involves castration or a vasectomy. Castration is the removal of testicles and has the advantage of reducing the smell from the skin glands. Vasectomy is the removal of a portion of the spermatic cord, leaving the ferret unable to impregnate a female and if mating with an intact female will temporarily stop her cycling without the risk of a litter. This does not result in reduction of smell and does not reduce aggression.
Neutering can potentially result in a higher likelihood of developing Hyperadrenocorticism. This can lead to hair loss, weight loss, straining to urinate, thinning of skin, swollen vulva, and itchiness. If you wish to discuss this or any other concerns regarding ferret neutering please contact the practice to book a consult with one of our vets.
As with all surgeries there is the risk of post-operative complications and infections, but as long as you follow the advice given on discharge this risk should be minimised J
It is important that ferrets are not fasted the night before their surgery as we see with cats and dogs. And although we won’t feed them immediately prior to the operation, we do ask you to bring in some ferret food for them so that we can entice them to eat soon after their surgery.