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Do female ferrets get periods?

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do female ferrets get periods?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Cher replied 9 years ago.
Hello, and thanks for your question.

Female ferrets do have an estrus cycle, or go into 'heat'. However, having a female ferret and not spaying her, is very dangerous to her health. A female ferret will go into heat (the swelling of the vulva--outer part of the vagina, which you can see--is the first symptom of estrus in an unspayed female) and if she's not mated with a male, she will stay in heat until she's spayed, mated, given hormones to stop the heat cycle, or she dies. This is a very serious health matter for ferret owners, and it is strongly recommended that a 'jill' (unspayed female ferret) is spayed before she goes into heat, around 6 months of age. However, discuss this with your vet, and make sure you have a vet who specializes in and has experience with ferrets. You'll find more information, here:

I hope this helped.