Articles: ferrets

December 6 2020

Choosing the Right Kind of Pet and Where Do You Get That Pet From?

If there’s a time of year to talk about what type of pet to get, and where you get that pet from – this is it.  The kids say, “I want a pet for Christmas (or Hanukkah).” Listen HERE to Dr.Dana Varble, chief veterinary officer at the North American Veterinary Community offer advice on my…

November 9 2020

Is SARS COV-2 Mutating in Mink? Calls Continue for Culling Mink

Denmark plans to cull its 17 million mink at mink farms. At this point, five different variant strains of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus-2 which causes COVID-19 have been found in mink. These are changes or variations in the spike protein the virus uses to attach to (and subsequently infect) cells. A mutation…

July 28 2020

Cat in UK Diagnosed with COVID-19: Update on Pets and COVID

A 6-year old female Siamese cat has become the first animal in the UK to be infected with SARS CoV-2 causing COVID-19 according to the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Christine Middlemiss. The cat’s infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge, England, on July 22, according…

June 17 2020

COVID-19 and Pets and Wild Animals: What’s Known and Not Known

People continue to be concerned or simply curious about dogs, cats and domestic ferrets and SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The good news is that diagnostic labs Antech and IDEXX have now tested thousands of dogs and cats with only (according to my count) two cats in New York State testing positive in the U.S. Add…

April 12 2020

Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Scott Weese on COVID-19 and Pets; Remembering Dr. Peter Sakas on WGN Radio

When it comes to pets and COVID-19, one of the most respected sources on the planet is Dr. Scott Weese. I officially proclaim Dr. Scott Weese the Dr. Anthony Fauci of veterinary medicine. Listen HERE to my conversation with Dr. Weese. Truly when veterinary professionals get up in the morning, the blog they check is…

February 9 2020

Valentine’s Day for Your Pets

How do you tell your pets “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day? Of course, you can buy a special treat (naturally, not chocolate). If you have a pet lizard, maybe Valentine’s is the day for fattening but yummy mealworms. Ferrets might enjoy extra playtime and the same is true for Labrador Retrievers or your kitty…

December 6 2019

Deranged Man Breaks into Cars Using Ferrets

In an incident police in North Yorkshire, England called “disturbing,” a 25-year old man allegedly used a box he kept live ferrets in to dent cars, and even break some windows. He damaged a dozen vehicles. The man was arrested for both the damage he did as well as for animal cruelty. An RSPCA spokesperson…

October 26 2019

Dont Call Rudy Guiliani a Weasel: He Hates Them

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been in hot water among many pet lovers since he initiated the ban against domestic ferrets as pets in New York City in 1999. The former Mayor continues to be adamantly and almost bizarrely against ferrets,  He has periodically ranted about ferrets when the subject has come up over…

October 25 2019

Domestic Ferrets Are Domestic

Ignorance is the only word I have to possibly describe the response of the California Fish and Game Commission earlier in October when Pat Wright, of legalizeferrets.com and longtime ferret advocate again asked the Commission to designate that domestic ferrets are indeed – as their names implies – domestic. He said, “We all know domestic…

May 13 2019

Sign Petition to Support Legalizing Domestic Ferrets in California

The rights of Californians to own domestic ferrets as pets is being blocked by the Sierra Club and their ignorance regarding legalizing domestic ferrets in California. “Sierra Club has long opposed holding wild animals as pets, but particularly when those animals could present a problem if they accidentally or intentionally are introduced into the state’s…

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