Just like it's a good idea to have a human first-aid kit handy at all times, the same rule applies to your ferret. Having a box of commonly used supplies in a central location not only makes it easier for you as an owner, but also might save valuable seconds that mean everything during an emergency.
A well stocked ferret first-aid kit should contain the following:
- Vet phone number, Emergency phone number, Poison Control phone number - these should be posted in an easy to see/reach area - on the refrigerator or by the phone is usually best.
- Health Records - keep your ferret's vaccine certificates and any records you may have (copies of blood work results, x-rays, etc.) together in case you have to go to a vet that hasn't seen your ferret before.
- Prescriptions - any medicines that your ferret is taking or has taken in the past.
- Ferret rectal thermometer or ear thermometer - the normal ferret temperature is 102 degrees.
- Q-tips - to clean ears and wounds, and to apply medicines.
- Sterile Gauze - to clean wounds or stop bleeding.
- Peroxide - for initial wound cleaning.
- Neosporin - for use on minor wounds.
- Styptic Powder or Gel - to stop bleeding, usually due to clipping a toenail too short.
- Pediatric Benadryl - for allergic reactions and colds. Consult your vet for dosage.
- Pepto Bismol - for upset stomachs. Consult your vet for dosage.
- Karo Syrup - for treating a hypoglycemic seizure due to insulinoma.
- Vitamins - such as Ferretvite, useful when your ferret is not eating well, or has vomiting or diarrhea.
- Baby Food, Meat Based - such as Gerber's Stage 2 Chicken or Turkey (no veggies). Useful for ferrets with sore throats, upset stomachs or ones who need a high protein diet.
- Electrolyte replacement - such as Pedialyte, useful if your ferret becomes dehydrated.
- a/d - a canned diet by Hill's, only available through your vet. Good for ferrets who are recovering from illness or surgery or who aren't eating well.
Talk to your vet about proper wound cleaning and treatment techniques, as well as dosages for any over-the-counter medications. He or she will also be able to advise you if you should have anything else in your kit for your specific ferret's needs. By having as many of the above products on hand, you will be better equipped to take care of your ferret should an emergency arise.