Although not your average choice of pet but ferrets are their own kind of special and some of you ferret lovers out there might want to know about taking it along on your travels.
In this post, we will be discussing how to travel with a ferret and some things to keep in mind.
1- Account for its accommodation.
Ferrets are quite good at getting all over the place and when you’re driving with them, you really would not want to running around your legs or messing around the steering wheel.
Side note: Consider microchipping your ferret.
You may consider microchipping your ferret for an added layer of security, in the event that your ferret got lost or escaped, locating and retrieving it will be much easier.
Pro tip: Hold it in a crate.
Having your ferret in a crate when travelling is a lot secure and allows you to focus on the drive, a well ventilated and spacious dog or cat crate should suffice, at the store you may also mention you intend on using it for a ferret for other possible crate options.
Be sure to take some time out to help make your ferret get used to it’s new crate. If you have more than one ferret then consider getting a bigger crate per size of each additional ferret.
Some things for your ferret’s cage to include are:
• A sleeping space
• Water and food space
• Litter space
2- Have it medically ready.
Before travelling with your ferret, you wanna make sure you’ve gotten it checked out for any diseases that will affect the course of the trip.
Side note: Get your ferret vaccinated.
Some countries or states might have a law regarding a required vaccination process before entering with your pet, you may want to consider getting your ferret vaccinated for things like:
• Distemper virus vaccine
• Rabbies vaccine
And even other treatments like the ones for ticks, discussing this with your vet will help clarify the procedure.
Pro tip: Collect your ferret’s medical documents.
Its advisable to get your ferret’s medical documents like its health certificate and medical records ready before the day of travel, chances are they will be requested from you by authorities en route or at your destination.
Even if they’re not requested, it’ll help incase your ferret needs to be treated by a vet at your destination and the vet would like to be updated on your ferret’s medical history.
First aid kit for your ferret is also another thing to consider when travelling, some of the things your ferret’s first aid kit should include include:
• Any prescribed prescriptions
• Ferret ear thermometer
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Sterile gauze
• Antiseptic wipes
• Ferret vitamins
3- Look into legalities.
Another important factor to consider when not only travelling but also making schedules and bookings is the legality of your destination in regards to your ferret.
You may also want to note that before travelling, you should look into hotels or other residences whose policies is condonable to ferrets.
For example, some places like Hawaii or California don’t accept keeping a ferret as a pet which is why you should do some research into your destination and their specific rules, guidelines and restrictions on taking your ferret there.
Side note: Take your ferret’s documents.
Don’t forget to take along your ferret’s medical documents and vaccinations reports along with a recent photo of your ferret, lest your ferret be lost without a proper means of identification.
Its also advisable to make copies of those documents so that this way, they’ll be easily replaceable.
Pro tip: Don’t forget your own documents.
As you prepare for travelling with your ferret, don’t forget to have your own travel documents like a passport (if flying) and travel insurance documents ready.
4- Managing the trip.
It’s time for you to hit the road and cross “travelling with ferret” off your checklist but before you leave, here are a few more things to note:
• Pack plenty of food and water for your ferret, they tend to be demanding in this aspect, just make sure you don’t put too much food or water in its container at once or it’ll just get it spilled all over the place.
• Ferrets aren’t all that good with perspiration like we are so make sure you keep an eye on it and prevent a heatstroke, Drooling or panting are signs of prolonged exposure to heat.
• Ferrets have a hard time dealing with temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29EC), be sure to keep your ferret out of direct sunlight.
• Don’t place its carrier near your car’s air vent or floor boards, securing it in the backseat is good.
• Be sure to take breaks over the course of the trip, you should also use this opportunity to clean out any messes made in your ferret’s cage to prevent odor from building up.
• Consider harness training your ferret so you can take it on mini walks on your trip breaks.
• Make sure its crate is secure, it’s bad for your ferret to experience blows from bumpy movements while driving or worse, the crate getting open and your ferret escaping.
Side note: Be activity conscious.
Don’t leave your ferret alone in a parked car, be conscious of your activities as ferrets are very delicate in some certain situations.
Pro tip: Consider the season.
If you happen to be travelling at a time like summer, be sure to bring along some ice packs, preferably in the form of frozen bottle water so your ferret can’t mess with it. You might also want to bring along something like a portable, rechargeable fan.
Use something like a towel to wrap around it to prevent your ferret from having direct contact with it and securing it into its crate, to help it cool down and maintain a healthy body temperature.
In the event that you will be flying with your ferret, please note the following along with the details discussed above:
• Majority of airlines don’t currently support ferret travel.
• Research airlines whose specific policies allow flying with your ferret.
• The cabin is the optimal choice but chances are the airline will want place your ferret in the cargo hold.
• Consider the time of the year you’ll be travelling to minimize the chances your ferret getting affected by extreme temperatures, seasons like spring are good.
Traveling with your ferret is indeed a unique experience for those who keep them, Do your research, plan carefully and you’ll be good to go, keep calm and enjoy your travels.