Ferrets are very sociable animals that make lovely pets. Originally being bred for hunting vermin, ferrets are naturally playful and mischievous. Ferrets have very similar personalities to dogs and cats, and require lots of interaction and exercise.
It is now becoming increasingly popular for owners to microchip their pet ferrets but do you really need to?
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a very small (about the size of a grain of rice) device that has to be injected under the animal’s skin by a vet. For a ferret, the chip is inserted between the shoulder blades. Once under the skin, your ferret won’t be able to feel it and will last your pet’s lifetime. A microchip has a unique number coded to it, which securely stores all of your details which will help to reunite you and your pet should they go missing.
Why should I microchip my ferret?
Ferrets are very curious and fearless. This curiosity, combined with being agile and able to fit through small gaps, is one of the main reasons that ferrets end up going missing. Microchips provide a permanent method of identification for your ferret, allowing vets to easily reunite you and your ferret should they ever go missing.
When is the right time to get my ferret microchipped?
There is no guidance on the ideal time for ferrets to be microchipped. However, as they are fairly small, it’s recommended that you wait until they are at least 12 weeks old. If your ferret is kept in an exceptionally secure inclosure, you may want to wait until your ferret is fully grown. They should be microchipped before they are let out of their enclosure, including taking them for a walk on a lead.
If you have a jill (female ferret) and are going to be having her neutered, you could have her microchipped at the same time to reduce the amount of stress caused by going to the vets.
Where can my ferret get microchipped?
All vets and nurses are qualified to administer microchips via injection to many animals, including ferrets. It is vital that you do choose a qualified vet or nurse, as complications and infections can occur if it’s not carried out correctly. The procedure is very quick, and most ferrets experience little to no discomfort.