Chapter 29. The Ferret

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Michael Plant1 and
  2. Maggie Lloyd2

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch29

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Plant, M. and Lloyd, M. (2010) The Ferret, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch29

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harlan Laboratories UK Ltd, Shaw's Farm, Blackthorn, Bicester, Oxon OX25 1TP, UK

  2. 2

    Red Kite Veterinary Consultants, PO Box 306, Wallingford OX10 1DF, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • domestic ferret, belonging to family Mustelidae - stoats, weasels, badgers and mink;
  • ferrets, like wild polecats - seasonal breeders;
  • females in oestrus developing vulval swelling - peaks 1 month after onset of oestrus, and easily identified;
  • uses of ferret - in research into viral diseases, influenza, gastrointestinal disorders, neuroscience and auditory physiology;
  • minimum space recommendations for ferrets;
  • ferret, obligate carnivore - natural diet of small mammals;
  • intravenous injections - into cephalic, saphenous, jugular or tail veins;
  • in healthy ferrets, anaesthesia not difficult or risky;
  • Aleutian disease, by parvovirus - diagnosed in ferrets;
  • ferrets, susceptible to botulism - care taken in feeding raw meat

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Sources of supply

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common disease problems

  • References