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INSIDE COLUMNS
2008 Annual Ferrets USA
Ferrets USA 2008 Annual

1 | Editor's Den
BY MARYLOU ZARBOCK
If you've welcomed a ferret into your home or are considering doing so, get ready for lots of fun...

4 | The World Around Them
Healthy environments lead to happy ferrets.
BY JENNIFER MONS MCLAUGHLIN

12 | Accidents Happen
The occasional injury is inevitable, but prevention and preparation help ferrets survive unexpected
mishaps.
BY L. VANESSA GRUDEN

20 | Off To The Vet
Our guide helps you anticipate what ailments your
ferret will face throughout its life.
BY DEBORAH COTTRELL, DVM

28 | Turn Your Devil Into An Angel
Use enrichment to minimize these top 10 unwanted
ferret behaviors.
BY BOB CHURCH

36 | Gotta Eat Meat
Hold the carbohydrates! The physiology of ferrets
demands a diet rich in meat-based protein and fat.
BY KEVIN SCHARGEN, DVM, PC

44 | Clean Living With Ferrets
A little work goes a long way in keeping your home
sweet-smelling.
BY MARY VAN DAHM

50 | The Box & Beyond
Litter-training your ferret takes a little know-how
and lots of patience.
BY MARY VAN DAHM

54 | Is My Ferret Crazy?
These 15 behaviors may seem strange to us but are
perfectly normal for ferrets.
BY AILIGH VANDERBUSH

60 | Does My Ferret Look Normal?
The concept of "normal" changes throughout a ferret's lifetime.
BY BRUCE H. WILLIAMS, DVM, DACVP

68 | Does A Bigger Brain = A Higher IQ?
Challenge your ferret's mental abilities with these 10 fun tests.
BY BOB CHURCH

76 | Special-Needs Ferrets
Facing challenges together creates a unique bond between ferrets and their owners.
BY JULIE FOSSA

84 | What If?
Taking on ownership of a pet means pledging to care for it all its life, no matter what.
BY GERRY BUCSIS & BARBARA SOMERVILLE

90 | 7 Ways My Ferret Changed My Life
Readers reveal the rewards and challenges of ferret ownership.
BY ROBIN ROCKEY

96 | Ferrets USA 2008 Photo Contest
Check out the winners of this year's categories -"Quiet Time" and "Going Crazy."

104 | Directory of Resources
(ferret shelters, organizations, clubs and associations)

108 | Directory of Ferret-Knowledgeable Vets

126 | Gallery Ads

127 | Classified Ads

127 | Ad Index

128 | The Final Ferret

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