What Does it Mean to De-Scent a Ferret?

Ferrets are usually de-scented around 6 to 8 weeks of age when they are spayed or neutered. If you purchase a ferret from the pet store he is most likely already spayed/neutered and de-scented. De-scenting a ferret refers to the removal of musk producing glands located in the anal sacs. In other words, the anal sacs, which contain the glands, are removed. This does not mean that your ferret will no longer have a smell or body odor. The scent glands are often a form of defense for ferrets. When they are surprised or feel threatened or are under attack, the release a musky odor from the glands to protect themselves. It’s similar to a skunk’s defensive spray. If you are not keeping your ferret as an inside house pet, do not have him de-scented as he will need this defensive weapon. Talk with your pet clinic Las Vegas NV to learn more.


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