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Ferret Neutering

Ferrets can be neutered from 6 months. Jills and Hobbs have a few neutering options available to you.

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Hobbs - Males

  • Suprelorin Implant-This is the same principle as in females and is the preferred option. It reduces the male sex hormones.
  • Castration-This is the removal of both of the testicles under a general anaesthetic. As with females this is going out of favour due to risks of adrenal disease. 

Please contact your local Budget Vets for a free pre op check to discuss your options with one of our vets.

Jill’s – females

Jill’s are induced-ovulators and must be mated in order to ovulate. This means if a Jill is not mated she will remain in season for several months. They can suffer from weight loss and also bone marrow suppression due to the oestrogen levels. This can lead to a life threatening anaemia. There are a few options to prevent these dangerous problems:

  • Suprelorin hormonal implant-This is injected in the scruff of the neck and is usually done annually. It is not a permanent solution. It is a synthetic GnRH implant which reduces the production of certain hormones resulting in a chemical neutering. Current science recommends this as the best option.
  • The “Jill Jab”- This is a hormonal injection and will delay oestrus for several months. It is usually given at the start of the mating season.
  • Neutering-This is the removal of the ovaries and uterus under a general anaesthetic. There has been increasing concern recently with adrenal disease as a result of neutering in ferrets and it is going out of favour.
  • Allow the Jill to mate and have a litter.
  • Allow the Jill to mate with a vasectomised (infertile) male which will end oestrus without producing a litter.