Articles: ferrets

Protecting Pets from Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is nearly 100 percent preventable.  Still, according to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), most pet owners don’t use preventatives. Actually, if you want to get technical about all this, in dogs – preventatives don’t completely prevent heartworm – not completely. According to Dr. Stephen Jones, immediate past president of the AHS in a…

Love Your Pets For Valentine’s Day

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. Thing about our…

Le Mesa May Become Ferret Friendly

European ferrets are a domestic species. That’s not my opinion; it’s a fact. And they’re not newly domesticated, either. The domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is thought to be domesticated from the Western polecat (Mustela putorius putorius) or Eastern European polecat (Steppe polecat Mustela eversmanni) a couple of thousand year ago in Europe to help keep vermin away.…

From West Nile to Heartworm, Increase in Mosquitoes Causing Problems

Health officials say the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Washington, Illinois, throughout much of California, and even in Las Vegas, where mosquitoes would seem to be less common. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 44,000 cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in the U.S. since 1999. Of…

National Ferret Day: A Party Animal

I suggest April 2, National Ferret Day, should be a national smell-o-day. Yes, it’s true, as members of the same family as skunk, badgers, and weasels, ferrets do have a certain odor about them. They are active and fun: the very definition of a party animal. The European ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is the domesticated form of…

California Fumbles on Ferrets, Again

The California Fish and Game Commission just voted very quickly to adopt their staff’s recommendation and deny LegalizeFerrets.org petition to remove ferrets from the prohibited species list. There were two reasons for the recommendation to deny.  As stated in their report:      “Any change to the regulation would require coordination with CDFA (California Department…

Legalize Ferrets California!

Ferrets are fine pets in the right home True, for dogs and cats too – some people may be too busy for dogs, or disdain scooping litter boxes….not every type of pet is for every home. Ferrets have been domesticated for over 2,000 years, and clearly acceptable pets. In 1933, all mustelids were banned from…

Heartworm Can Be Devastating, Can Be Avoided

Heartworm is literally killing our dogs. People don’t protect their dogs because they think, “It won’t happen to me,” says Dr. Shelly Rubin, past president of the American Heartworm Society. Listen HERE to my conversation with Dr. Rubin on my national radio, Steve Dale’s Pet World.  Essentially, there are mosquitoes – there’s heartworm. Dogs, cats…

Heartworm Can Be Fatal, But Can Also Be Prevented

Only about a third of all dogs, and likely less than 10 percent of cats, leave a veterinary practice with a heartworm preventive. No one knows how many ferrets are protected, but it’s likely that number is very small. Dr. Stephen Jones, president of the non-profit American Heartworm Society, calls the situation “frightening.” Heartworm disease,…

National Ferret Day

Today is National Ferret Day. Celebrate by finding a gap no one else can see, and sliding through – that’s what ferrets can do. Indeed Ferrets are popular pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association 2012 Pet Ownership & Demographic Sourcebook, there are 748,000 European ferrets as pets. This doesn’t count the number of…

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