Animal Welfare Information Center
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Information Resources on the Care and Welfare of Ferrets
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Ball, R.S. (2002). Husbandry and management of the domestic ferret. Lab Animal 31(5): 37-42. ISSN: 0093-7355.
NAL Call Number: QL55.A1L33
Descriptors: ferrets, laboratory mammals, animal husbandry, animal welfare, odors, animal feeding, estrous cycle, estrus, ovulation, helicobacter, gastroenteritis, Aleutian disease, dirofilaria immitis, urinary calculi, urine pH, veterinary products, animal handling, induced ovulators.
Bixler, H. and C. Ellis (2004). Ferret care and husbandry. Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice 7(2): 227-255, V. ISSN: 1094-9194.
NAL Call Number: SF997.5.E95 E97
Abstract: Convivial and playful, the ferret has cohabited with humans for hundreds of years. Maintenance of this mustelid's health and quality of life is paramount for the endurance of the human-animal bond. This review article for veterinary care givers, veterinarians, and staff, encompasses discussions on: husbandry, clinical techniques, prevalent diseases, history taking, physical examination, vaccination, and pain recognition. This article also enables the veterinary community to contribute to the care and welfare of ferret patients by offering facts to distinguish these animals from dogs and cats.
Descriptors: animal husbandry, ferrets, care, welfare, clinical techniques, diseases, physical examination, vaccination, pain recognition.
Hoefer, H.L. (2004). The biology and husbandry of the pet ferret. In: Small animal and exotics Book two: Pain management zoonosis Proceedings of the North American Veterinary Conference., January 17, 2004-January 21, 2004, Orlando, Florida, USA., Eastern States Veterinary Association: Gainesville, USA, Vol. 18, p. 1383-1384.
Descriptors: ferrets, behavior, housing, husbandry, nutrition, clinical examination, diet, Mustela.
Reinhardt, V. and A. Reinhardt (2006). Database on Refinement of Housing and Handling Conditions and Environmental Enrichment for Animals Kept in Laboratories: Rodents, Rabbits, Cats, Dogs, Ferrets, Farm Animals, Horses, Birds Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles., [Online Database]
NAL Call Number: SF406.3
Descriptors: laboratory animals housing databases, laboratory animals environmental enrichment databases, databases, enrichment, housing.
Staton, V.W. and S.L. Crowell-Davis (2003). Factors associated with aggression between pairs of domestic ferrets. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 222(12): 1709-1712.
Descriptors: aggresive behavior, ferrets, familiarity, sex, neutering status, caging, time of year.
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