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Things to consider when rescuing / rehoming a ferret

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Alpha Feeds are proud to sponsor Becca and her beautiful, rescued ferrets. We know rehoming a pet is a huge decision and commitment for any pet owner. It also poses a minefield of questions – from how to integrate a fostered pet into your home, to being certain of their background, the shelter/person you are rehoming from and so on. With that in mind, we asked Becca to introduce herself and provide her useful tips on rescuing ferrets, after having such great success in doing it herself…. You can also follow Becca and her ferrets on Instagram.

Hi! I’m Becca, I’m an animal lover from Kent, and among my many animals, my first pets were a beautiful pair of ferret kits that I actually found while looking at Degus 10 years ago! They were looking for a “quick sale” as they were an albino and a runt, unfortunately the albino, Minx, didn’t live very long, she got sick and passed away at two years old during a surgery. The runt, Buffy, lived out her whole life as a much-loved pet until she passed away in her sleep in 2019 at nine years old. In those nine years, I’ve had many ferrets, ranging from little kits being thrown out, to an elderly blind girl who was unwanted, purely because she had aged.

Ever since I was little, I’ve had a huge passion for helping animals. I decided I was going to be a vet at four years old and I am still set on that goal, although a lot of other things in life seem to have pushed themselves first! For now though, I rescue animals myself where I can, and I’m a volunteer exotics handler at Second Chance Animal Rescue where I get to care for foxes, meerkats, racoons, civets and many other wonderful creatures that have found sanctuary after a tough life – sadly, the sanctuary currently has 50 ferrets in its care too.

I live with four fuzzy babies, Odin, Crumble, Pearl and Tink, although over the past 10 years I’ve had 12 ferrets, each and every one being rescued and mostly elderly.

Odin was discarded because he was “too gentle” to kill rabbits, Pearl was going to be let out in a field because she was a runt, Crumble was sent away because other ferrets bullied her and Tink was going to have her neck snapped because she wasn’t producing enough babies.

All of my ferrets have had a rough start to life and yet now live very happily in their forever home, with me. If this sounds like something you would like to do, here are my top tips to help you successfully rescue a ferret (or four)…..

Things to consider when rescuing a ferret:

  • Personally, I’ve never had the chance to research where my ferrets came from as they’ve all been direct rescues, but I would definitely recommend researching any Rescues or breeders you’d be considering getting a ferret from. Social media, websites and visiting the shelter or home will give you a good feel for the rescue centre or person.
  • For any new rescues I take on and plan to keep, they go through a 7-14 day quarantine just in case they become unwell, in this time I get vet checks done, flea and worm treatments done, and it also allows me to have a good amount of one-to-one contact and get to know the new member. Be prepared for unexpected costs. With ferrets, I’ve come to realise you should always be ready for vet bills- even more so if you have no idea about the ferret’s background. I’ve been caught dealing with tumours, blockages, internal damage from parasites, deafness and blindness, and the expected spaying and neutering costs. Some Rescues do offer help with any vet bills that arise in the first few months, but this is something that is dependent on where you go, and how the Rescue gets its funding.
  • Definitely get insurance, it makes things so much easier if a sudden vet bill or other incident arises.
  • After quarantine, take it slowly. Spend around a week with supervised playtimes and group feeding. If everybody gets along and I feel they are all safe and happy, I’ll put the new ferret in with the others.

Be Prepared

  • Make sure you have a nice big enclosure- ferrets love to play and need a lot of space for their antics!
  • Provide lots of nice bedding- ferrets sleep 14-18 hours a day so hammocks and cat caves are perfect for snoozing!
  • Have the right food available- ferrets are carnivores and should only eat meat and/or a specialised kibble. Also make sure your food and water bowls are suitable, heavy ceramic or safely hooked bowls are perfect as these little guys love to tip things over!
  • Research! There’s something new to learn every day about these amazing little creatures, so a lot of research is very important!
  • Love them their whole life! Ferrets live 5-10 years, and they’re very smart and affectionate little creatures, and sometimes their way of showing it is a playful bite! They sometimes get depressed with being rehomed or adjusting to a new family, so please be prepared to love them their whole life!

Help to be prepared with Alpha Ferret Feast. Our carefully formulated, premium ferret food offers a complete diet to meet all the nutritional needs of working, pet and show ferrets of all ages and is the ideal way to feed your ferrets throughout all their life stages. Ferret Feast contains chicken & fish which are easily digestible sources of protein. It is easy to feed, removes the odour of more traditional feeding regimes and contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals that your ferrets need in order to remain in the very best of health. Visit our website to find out more.

Alpha Ferret Sponsorship Call Out!

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Could your working or pet ferret be the face of Alpha Feeds in 2021?

We are now on the lookout for an adventurous, feisty, friendly, photogenic superstar(s) of the ferret world to represent our brand next year.

Whether you have a handsome hob, a pretty jill or a cute kit, we want to hear from you. This opportunity is for individual ferret owners and ferret clubs, we’re also happy for more than one ferret to represent our brand, so if you own a couple or even a business of them, please get in touch.

Michaela Armstrong, Sales Manager at Alpha Feeds says of this opportunity

“Ferrets are so unbelievably popular amongst many of our customer here at Alpha and we feel it’s about time we represented them more prominently on our social media channels and in our blogs.

Sponsorship is open to everyone, from excellent ferreters to pampered kits and anything in between. Sponsorship is our way of helping an individual ferret owner or even a ferret club with their exciting journey.

In addition to our generous sponsorship package, we will also provide in depth nutritional support for the ferret(s) that become #PartoftheAlphaPack”

Our Sponsorship Package

We feature our sponsors on our website and will write a blog all about you, which will really put you in the spotlight. We are also happy to support your news and successes on our social media channels.

In addition, our package includes:

  • £500 worth of sponsorship
  • 36 bags of food of their choice
  • Branded clothing for up to three people

Sounds good? We think so too. All we ask is that you remember us from time to time, proudly show you are sponsored by us on your website (if you have one) and share any joint content that we create together over social media.

How do I apply?

Please tell us – in no more than 200 words – why you or your club deserve our sponsorship. Please provide information about your ferret(s) and your ambitions for the future. If possible, it would also be great if you could attach a photograph of yourself and your ferret(s).

Submissions need to be made via email to info@alphafeeds.com.

The deadline for entering our sponsorship search is 20th December 2020.

Spotlight on Border Trail Hounds – One of Alpha’s new Sponsors in 2020

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Border Trail hounds

After receiving hundreds of applications to our recent call out for new sponsors, we have finally selected two fantastic recipients, who will each receive a sponsorship package from Alpha.

Border Trail Hounds are one of our worthy recipients of a sponsorship and, over the coming months, we would like to introduce you to their beautiful dogs, all they do and follow their success.

Run by Annabelle Connelly, Border Trail Hounds is made up of the very stunning Jas, lily, Moss & Rue, Henry, Holly and Tim. These working/racing Trailhounds will be competing over the coming months, with a fixture list due imminently.

Hound Trailing is an old Cumbrian sport that takes place up and down the local countryside most weekends from March through to October. The hounds travel in the region of 8 miles across fields & fells, following a scent of aniseed, which has been laid down for them to follow as a trail.

Completing the course in less than 30 minutes, the hounds race towards their owners, running in different grades during the season and collecting points throughout for the coveted title of champion.

Here, Annabelle provides her top tips for caring for hounds after they have raced….

‘After strenuous activity dogs should be thoroughly checked over to make sure they have no injuries or wounds that need vet’s assistance. A post exercise massage will help push toxins out if the muscle such as lactic build up which contributes to DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), which isn’t something you want when you exercise or work your dog often as this will end up inhibiting their performance. 

The morning after a race is crucial, that’s when you are most likely to see any visible lameness, limping, short strides or head nodding. 

If your dog is unfortunate enough to gain an injury, the next thing to do is to have a vet or licenced animal physiotherapist check them over to pinpoint exactly where the lameness is coming from. Once you know where is sore, it’s time to treat the lameness and help your dog recover as quickly and as safely as possible. 

My favourite things to use to treat a dog for a muscle injury are ultrasound treatment and massages. Massaging the sore muscle twice a day with a muscle liniment or plain warm water will ease inflammation in the muscle and improve blood flow to the injury, blood needs to be flowing through properly for it to carry oxygen and the right nutrients to the injury to help it recover. 

I also like to feed my dogs turmeric, banana and eggs as all three foods have great properties to help a dog recover from injury. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, eggs have all the amino acids dogs need to help recover faster and bananas are great to feed after activity due to their ability to replace glycogen lost when the dog is performing.’

Annabelle Connelly, Border Trail Hounds

Having worried about one her own hounds, Moss, becoming lame recently, we’re very happy to report that after a visit to a licensed physio, all is well, and Moss is back fighting fit and racing.

We are also pleased to say Rue won the Produce trial yesterday (Sunday 20th September). She ran her heart out to win by a length on the finishing line – what a fantastic start to the season! Moss was 4th as he unfortunately made a couple of mistakes, which cost him dearly, but since he was only at the physio a few days ago, we think this is still a fantastic result.

We very much look forward to supporting Border Hound Trails in their coming season. To find out more about them and follow their racing season, visit their Instagram page.

 

 

Would you like to be sponsored by Alpha, the food of champions?

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Alpha Feeds is now on the search for new sponsorship opportunities. From gundog events, to the sports of agility, showing, flyball and sled racing, our sponsorships cover a diverse range of fields. Now the competition is on to find more worthy recipients to add to our fantastic list of sponsors.

Whether you are just starting out, competing at novice level or are about to go international, the opportunity of our sponsorship is open to everyone.

Said David Tinker, of Alpha Feeds:

“We are very fortunate to support many major names across the disciplines. Our sponsorship is open to everyone, from younger competitors, to start up events, clubs and teams.

Sponsorship is our way of helping an individual dog owner, training club or the next rising star with their exciting journey and we very much welcome entries from anyone who feels they could be the next person or club to join the Alpha Feeds team.

 In addition to our sponsorship package, we also provide in-depth nutritional support to help get all of our four-legged sponsors in great shape for the year ahead.”

Our Sponsorship Package

We feature our sponsors on our website and will write a blog all about you, which will really put you in the spotlight. We are also happy to support your news and successes on our social media channels.

In addition, our package includes:

  • £500 worth of sponsorship
  • 36 bags of food of their choice
  • Branded clothing for three people

Sounds good? We think so too. All we ask is that you remember us from time to time, proudly show you are sponsored by us on your website (if you have one) and share any joint content that we create together over social media.

How do I apply?

Please tell us – in no more than 200 words – why you or your club deserve our sponsorship. Please provide information about your dog(s) and your ambitions for the future. If possible, it would also be great if you could attach a photograph of yourself and your dog(s) competing.

Submissions need to be made via email to info@alphafeeds.com.

The deadline for entering our sponsorship search is 31st July 2020.

Good luck!