Ferrets can be wonderful pets that are interesting to watch and fun to play with. Your ferret can easily become part of the family which means that when it gets sick, you will want to make sure that it gets as good of care as possible in order to allow it to return to your home and be happy and healthy. This can be difficult if your ferret is extremely anxious and stressed out at the veterinarian's office. Here are some tips for keeping your ferret calm at the vet's office.
1. Wear Your Ferret Out Ahead of Time
Because when you go to the vet, you are going to need to keep your ferret in a carrier for a few hours, you will want to be sure that your ferret is worn out ahead of time. This means having your ferret out of its cage for a few hours before you go to the vet. This will allow your ferret to run around and get out some of its energy before you put it in a carrier and will therefore leave less energy for your ferret to expend on anxiously throwing him or herself around the carrier. If your ferret is sick, you will likely not need to do this because your ferret is already going to be lethargic.
2. Move Smoothly
When you are carrying the carrier that has your ferret in it, you will want to be sure that you move smoothly and slowly. You don't want to accidentally rattle your ferret around too much or give it the opportunity to start running around the carrier and potential hurt him or herself. If possible, put the carrier on a cart.
3. If you Often Carry Your Ferret in a Backpack, Use That
Some people recommend using a backpack to help your ferret become more used to being handled. If this is the case, you will want to be certain that you use the backpack, rather than the carrier, to take your ferret to the vet. This will give your ferret a space in which he or she is comfortable to rest. If you are worried about the backpack not being safe for a sick or injured ferret, you can always put the ferret in the backpack and then carry it as though it was a baby, allowing you to control the level of jostling around that your ferret might experience.
For more information, talk to a local veterinarian.