Ferret vasectomy is a surgical procedure commonly used in male ferrets as a method of functional neutering. It produces a male ferret who can be used to mate female jills in order to interrupt their season without a resulting pregnancy. The testicles remain in tact so that the ferret still has the hormonal drive to mate with females in season. The procedure involves removing a small portion of the spermatic cord so that the sperm produced in the testicles is unable to travel out to fertlise an egg.
The procedure is best carried out during breeding season when the tiny sperm ducts are bigger and thus more easy to identify during the surgery. It is a simple outpatient procedure meaning your hob will usually be back with you the same day. It is recommended that vasectomised hobs are not used for sterile matings for at least seven weeks after the surgery, as live sperm can remain in the duct for this period of time.
Confirmation of a successful vasectomy can be obtained in a number of ways. Simple microscopy of the removed section of the duct is effective confirmation in most cases. Some people may opt to send the removed section to a laboratory for histological confirmation. Vasectomised hobs are also known as hoblets, and because the procedure doesn’t affect their hormones, it doesn’t affect their behaviour and nor does it make any difference to their characteristic musky odour.
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To find out about the main fundamentals when it comes to keeping ferrets as pets, your duty of care, and understanding their needs, we strongly recommend that you have a read through the RSPCA Ferret Information page which is full of key information, including:
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