I recently bought a ferret from a pet store, I was told that she was fixed and
descented. Are there any ways to tell if this is true (my vet said that she
can't tell without allot of high dollar test)? I really need to know these
things for her health and happiness and mine.
You could look on her ears to see if she has one or two little blue dots, these
are tattoos that show she has been spayed and descented. If she doesn't then
you could press around her anus and if you notice a pungent odor similar to onions
and gasoline' and you can feel two hard glands, then she most likely has not
been descented. However this does not pose a threat to her health as she will
only expel the contents of the glands when overly excited or frightened and the
odor will dissipate into the air in no time! There is absolutely no reason to
descent a ferret unless the glands become impacted, as the musky odor in a ferret
is caused by hormones NOT the scent glands!
As far as being spayed you will know by the time she is 4-6 months as she will
exhibit a strong smell caused by her hormones and her vulva will swell. You will
need to check and if this should occur then you will need to contact your vet
to spay her immediately. If not she will develop aplastic anemia and will die
within a short time. There is no need to panic, you will notice the changes if
you are handling her every day.