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Exotic mammals, such as ferrets, need vaccinations for their routine care or for international travel. They are susceptible to distemper virus carried by dogs and cats and are legally required to have a yearly rabies vaccination in the state of Maryland. Ferrets can be sensitive to vaccines and it is not uncommon for them to have an allergic reaction to a vaccine, so it is important that they be evaluated by a veterinarian before getting vaccinated. It is important to make sure there is no other underlying illness, especially in older ferrets, to make sure they do not have an adverse reaction.

Occasionally certain species of birds may need vaccinations but is not a typical part of their routine care. If you have questions about vaccinations for your bird, this can be discussed during an exam.

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