RABIES VIRUS/VACCINE: The Rabies vaccine requirement has not changed. IMRAB3 was and still is today, our recommended rabies vaccine which has been tested safe and effective for ferrets and is required by law. All ferrets must be current within one year prior to arriving at Ferret Camp unless there is a vet documented history of reactions to the vaccine. Proof is required along with a signed waiver.
Aside from being legally required, (though the chance of contracting rabies at Ferret Camp is about zero) I am more concerned about protecting you from having your ferret confiscated and held in quarantine by the authorities or possibly destroyed if symptomatic. Itís not worth the risk.
CANINE DISTEMPER VIRUS/VACCINE: Before I address the new changes, I want to stress that the CANINE DISTEMPER VIRUS IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND 100% FATAL IN FERRETS WHO HAVE CONTRACTED THE VIRUS AND WERE NOT PROPERLY IMMUNIZED.
That said, I have temporarily relaxed the
canine distemper vaccination requirement under the following circumstances
(though still highly recommended):
The risk to CDV has not changed over the years, just the vaccines. For those who either respect my opinion or are just curious about it, the chances of contracting CDV while low, is still greater than rabies and ferrets should be protected against the virus. Below is just the basic vaccinations schedule for healthy ferrets.
AMERICAN FERRET ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDED VACCINE SCHEDULE
Here is a longer version of the AFA vaccine schedule which includes ferrets with special circumstances and my own suggestion for maximizing your ferretís safety when being vaccinated.
You can also refer to the latest AFA statement regarding their position on the canine distemper vaccine.
******* IF YOUR VET IS NOT AN ACTUAL EXOTIC (FERRET) EXPERIENCED VET, HE/SHE MAY NOT KNOW THE CORRECT VACCINE TO USE. DO NOT ALLOW HIM/HER TO INJECT YOUR FERRET WITH ANY OTHER VACCINE OTHER THAN WHAT HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED HERE *******
Everything you should know about vaccinating your ferret
FERRET CAMP vaccine requirements includes the AFA recommended vaccination schedule for healthy ferrets while taking into consideration the recommendations of experienced ferret vets.
If you have a ferret with special circumstances or you just want to follow Ferret Camp recommended safety precautions, here is a modified chart with the AFA SPECIAL vaccination schedule.
AFA statement regarding their position on the Nobivac DPv canine distemper vaccine. I encourage you to print it out and share it with your vet since it refers to actual studies, journal articles and world renowned veterinarians.
Need even MORE information on the CDV background history?
If you bought your ferret from Petco, do not assume your ferret received their first CDV series. In fact, without an available USDA approved CDV vaccine, it is unlikely Petco (or any other pet shop) is vaccinating ferrets for canine distemper at this time. There is so much confusion and a lack of information about the vaccine, that you should always ask.