Broward Ferret Rescue & Referral
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THE HOT WEATHER IS HERE!
FERRETS CAN'T LIVE OUTSIDE!
IF IT'S TOO HOT OUTSIDE FOR YOU,
IT'S TOO HOT FOR YOUR FERRET!
We are temporarily full. If you need to surrender your ferret please try to keep them, and check back in a week. If you have found a ferret, we will take that one immediately. We do ask that you put up signs with your phone number or our phone number 954-977-4583 so that we can attempt to reunite the ferret with its owner.
Do you know ferrets evolved in cold weather climates not tropical climates like Florida. Ideal temperatures are 68-76 degrees. This means they DO NOT SURVIVE LIVING OUTSIDE ON A PORCH.
Ferrets should always be in a temperature controlled environment, unless you live in an area where it NEVER gets above 80˚f / 26˚c, and then only if they are able to remain out of direct sunlight.
Ferrets lack well-developed sweat glands and fans do little to alleviate overheating. The cooling effect humans feel from a fan is due to evaporation of sweat; ferrets do not sweat and without sweat there is no cooling by a fan. Ferrets may pant if overheated, but cannot transfer large amounts of heat like a dog.
Heat stroke begins with the animal becoming disoriented and agitated, along with salivating, heavy panting and bright red gums. As it progresses, the animal may experience bloody diarrhea or vomit, depression, stupor, collapse and finally, go into a coma. Immediate treatment is necessary for all stages of heat stroke.
If you suspect your ferret has heatstroke, remove from the source of heat immediately. DO NOT dunk the ferret into cold water. The rapid change in temperature will most likely send your ferret into shock. Apply cool water to the extremities, dampen the ferret's skin slightly with cool (not cold!) water and use a fan to help with evaporative cooling.
The number one reason we hear why ferrets are left on a porch is because they have a musky odor. This is controlled by cleaning their litter twice a day, and changing their bedding once a week. Would you wear the same shirt every day for a week? Their oils will absorb in the bedding just like a human sweating in a shirt. Imagine wearing the same shirt for a week or longer.
IF YOU FIND OR HAVE A FERRET EXPOSED TO HEATSTROKE, CONTACT A VET IMMEDIATELY.
Exists to rescue abandoned and surrendered ferrets where they may be placed in loving forever homes while educating the community on their humane needs.
Not in our area but still want a ferret? Click the link below to check out ferret shelters in your area.
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When a ferret gets sick, they need to see a ferret knowledgable vet ASAP. Click the link below for a vet near you.
If you have either LOST or FOUND a ferret, contact us immediately so we can post it on our site.