Traveling with your Ferret

ferret-bathTraveling with your ferret can be a fun experience if you do it safely and well-prepared. The best way to get somewhere this way is if you take your own car. This way you can take breaks to feed your ferret, as well as control proper temperatures. It is difficult to find buses, and trains that accept such pets to travel with. Most airlines also will not allow you to bring your ferret into the cabin with you, and they may hit you up with a large bill for this option. If you decide to take your ferret on public transit, try not to remove it from its cage if there is not an emergency situation. Call in advance to your hotel or campground to make sure they allow pets.

Make sure you take the correct carrier when traveling with your ferret. It should be escape proof with a lock, well ventilated, and large enough for your ferret to sleep away from its waste. Its floor should be made of solid material that it can’t chew through. Travel cages for cats and dogs usually work fine. Don’t put a heavy bowl in its cage, because if there is sudden movement, it could swerve and injure your ferret. Bring plenty of food, and make sure you stick to its normal brand, as traveling is not a good time to start experimenting with new foods.

ferret-heartWhen you travel with your ferret, it is a good idea to bring along veterinary records and vaccine records. If your ferret bites anyone, you should have proof that it is vaccinated against rabies. Needless to say, your ferret should have up to date vaccinations and be in good health before you embark on your trip. Airlines, as well as some places you may stay, require that you present a recent Health Certificate. If you want to make a first aid kit for your ferret, you should include hydrogen peroxide for wounds, styptic powder to halt bleeding from nails, small guaze pads, adhesive tape, and Kayro syrup or honey in case of hypoglycemic attacks.

There are some legal issues with ferrets. Do not travel to California or Hawaii with your ferret, as they are illegal. In the other forty-eight states, ferrets are illegal on the state level, but cities have the option of declaring ferrets illegal. Ferrets are banned in New York City and Dallas, Texas, as well as most military bases. Your ferrets may not necessarily get confiscated or have anything happen to them, but that is no guarantee you won’t be fined.

Try not to let unfamiliar people handle your ferret, in case it gets nervous and bites. Even in ferret-legal locations, they may still be considered wildlife, and will be handled that way, which can result in confiscation.

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