Expense of Owning a Ferret

Expect to spend $500 or more on the ferret at any time. If you’re lucky, it will be less. If you’re not, it will be a lot more. The ferret can seem fine one night. The next morning it can be sick and need hundreds of dollars in treatment. When these things come up, it is sudden and has to be paid for right then. You must be able to afford the sudden expense or this is not the pet for you!

People say all the time, I had ferrets before and didn’t spend that kind of money on them or I know someone who doesn’t. All I can say to that is, there is a lot we’ve learned about ferrets in recent years, including how to better care for them. And, just because someone didn’t spend the money on the ferret, doesn’t mean the money didn’t need to be spent.
Below are some examples, so you have a better idea of the expense involved.

Ferret food needs to be really high in protein and fat, which means it is expensive. One of the best foods is Wysong Epigen. It costs $29 for five pounds. Ferrets eat about a pound of food per week.

75% of ferrets will get adrenal disease. This involves treatment of: a melatonin implant every four months until it stops working ($40 at the rescue) or a Deslorelin implant that lasts seven months ($160 + vet visit) and eventually surgery ($300 at the rescue vet, $500 – $1,500 at most other vets.)

50% of ferrets will get insulinoma. This usually means several vet visits to get the ferret stabilized, medication twice a day that comes from the vet, and vet visits at least once a year.

I had a ferret that ate a 1/8″ metal spring off the floor. There was no reason for him to eat something like that, but he did. It cost me $950 over five days to get him taken care of.

A lady’s ferret wasn’t acting right. She took the ferret to the emergency vet and then her regular vet the next day. She spent $1,000 over two days on vet care.

A friend took her ferret to the vet for its distemper vaccination. She ended up spending $650 in one day because the vet felt something in the ferret’s abdomen that had to be checked out.

A lady contacted me in a panic because her ferret was dying from a blockage. The ferret had chewed on material and swallowed a ¼” piece. She had already spent $350 at a vet close to her home. That vet quoted $3,000 to do surgery. She drove several hours to my vet and spent about $600.

I was boarding a ferret and had to rush it to the vet for emergency surgery for a hairball blockage. The bill was around $500.

A friend had a ferret get into a storage closet. Someone had not shut the door tight. The ferret got into something and spent two days at the vet on IV fluids and critical care and then had follow up care at a cost of nearly $1,000.

A ferret got a bacterial infection, which they can get from humans. It took five trips to the vet, four antibiotics, and x-rays to get him well. This cost over $400.