Many exotic mammals, such as ferrets, must receive vaccinations for routine care or international travel. Ferrets 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. It is not uncommon for ferrets to have an allergic reaction to a vaccine, so it is important they be evaluated by a veterinarian before getting vaccinated. It is also important to make certain there is no other underlying illness, especially in older ferrets, to ensure they do not have an adverse reaction.
Occasionally, certain species of birds may need vaccinations, but this is not a typical part of their routine care. If you have questions about vaccinations for your bird, these should be discussed during an exam.