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SteveC wrote at 2014-06-17 15:57:31
Have had the same problem so just had him castrated. However as a point of interest I am a diabetic on insulin and my ferret changed over night and started licking my hands and arms like mad and it soon turned into nipping and then a nasty bite. He would only bite if I tried to move my arm / hand away. With being a male myself I cant see it is pheromones playing a part, however I have a dog that picks up on my blood sugar levels and warns me, so their must be something hormonal I give off and since changing my meds this has changed and caused this. It's only an idea but worth thinking about. I may try an after shave or other smelly lotion on my arms and hands to see if this has an effect and masks whatever it is I am giving off


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Cindy Petrauskas

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I have owned these little weasels for over 16 years. While I cannot diagnose a condition, I feel confident to have gained enough knowledge to answer most questions concerning general health, nutrition, training, safety, cage requirements, games, grooming, vaccination, behavior, nipping, adoption, care of ill and elderly, and common symptoms of diseases. I have personally witnessed adrenal tumors, malignant cancer and liver failure in my own pets, and have seem many other conditions at my job as a vet technician for six years. Now I am studying for my doctorate in veterinary medicine, but as previously mentioned, I cannot diagnose a condition. That can only be done by a licensed veterinarian. I will, however, do my very best to answer any questions to the best of my ability.

Experience

I have been a ferret owner (or owned by the carpet sharks!) for the past 16 years, as well as a shelter volunteer (Ferret Association of CT) for many more. I am now a third-year veterinary student at Louisiana State University, and I hope to specialize in these little guys!! There are so few doctors that will treat ferrets. I have my bachelor's degree in bio-molecular science, and I am currently enrolled at the the LSU College of Veterinary Medicine for my DVM degree.

Organizations
Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ferret Association of CT, Student Chapter of the American Society of Veterinary Medicine

Education/Credentials
Present: Louisiana State School of Veterinary Medicine: 2009-2013 (DVM Degree) Past: Farmington Valley Veterinary ER (ER tech): 2007-current Veterinary Specialists of CT (vet tech): 2006-2007 Central Connecticut State University: 2001-2006 (BS in Bio-medical)

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