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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair. Ferret First Aid Kit Regular veterinarian’s phone number ______________________ Emergency veterinarian’s phone number ______________________ Directions to both facilities: _______________________________ _______________________________

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Ferret First Aid Kit

    • Regular veterinarian’s phone number

    • ______________________

    • Emergency veterinarian’s phone number

    • ______________________

    • Directions to both facilities:

    • _______________________________

    • _______________________________

    • _______________________________

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Ferret First Aid Kit

    • Nutrical (high calorie paste)

    • Bandage Materials

      • Gauze

      • Medical or kinesio Tape

      • Vet wrap

      • Telfa pads

    • Antibiotic Ointment

    • Eye wash or drops

    • Thermometer (normal ferret temp= 100 to 104 0F)

      • KY to lube thermometer

    • Syringes in different sizes

      • Flush wound

      • Feeding

      • Medications

    • Peroxide (once open, short effective disenfectant, replace after opening)

    • Quick stop (blood clotting powder)

    • Tweezers

    • Cotton balls

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Ferret Manicures

    • Frequency of clipping: every 2 weeks

    • Approaching nail trimming:

      • Scruff method

      • Distract method

      • Sneak attack

    • View ferret’s nails (long, curving, dagger like)

    • Back nails tend to be shorter

    • Nails are white, the quick or vein is easy to see

      • Cut just to the quick

      • Cutting into the pink or blood areas is painful

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Ferret Manicures

  • Trimming Ferret nails

    • Take your thumb and first finger and hold the paw close to the toes with your thumb on the bottom of the paw

    • Use the gentle pressure of your thumb to spread the toes

    • Clip as much of the white nail tip off as you can, leaving some white after the quick

    • Make sure you are using proper cutters and sharp cutters

      • Replace every year or sharpen yearly

      • Avoid twising the nail as you cut

      • Cut up the radius of the nail

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  • Dental Health

    • Gum disease or periodontal disease occurs with great frequency in fuzzies

    • Signs of periodontal disease:

      • Loose teeth

      • Discolored teeth

      • Stinky breath

      • Red, inflamed or receding gums

      • Drooling

      • Mouth ulcers

      • Difficulty eating or playing with toys

      • Tartar and plaque buildup

      • Refusal to let you touch teeth or gums

    • Lymphoma changes the pH in the mouth

    • Varying diet to include soft, hard food

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Dental Health

    • Teeth colors, what does it mean?

      • Grayish or greenish discoloration is tartar

      • Tartar buildup leads to tooth decay, icky brown on the tooth and close to the gum line

      • Decaying teeth can lead to serious infections, removal is recommended

    • Gum appearance

      • Smooth, moist and pink

      • Whitish, gray color, your fuzzy is very sick, visit to a vet a must!

    • Ulcers on the gum or inside of the lip falp is a common sign of insulinoma

    • Make sure to plan yearly dental exams with vet and have tartar removed

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Dental Care

    • What to brush with

      • Invest in a cat bush or use a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger

      • You can try cat toothpaste

      • NEVER use human toothpaste, ingredients in human toothpaste is considered poisonous to fuzzies

    • How to brush

      • Lift the gum and gently wipe the teeth with the dry gauze or toothbrush

      • Gently go over the gums

      • Pay particular attention the gum line

      • Attempt every 2 weeks

      • Always reward with a treat!

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Ear Cleaning

    • What is normal?

      • Normal ferret earwax is light brown or reddish brown

      • Can be pretty stinky

    • Ear Mites

      • Dark brown or black discharge

      • Ferret tens to scratch relentlessly

      • Not sure, take your fuzzy to the vet and have the wax cultured

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Ear Cleaning

    • Supplies: tons of q-tips and liquid ear cleanser

      • Purchase from vet or pet store. Use solution for kittens if needed

    • Cleaning

      • Start with a few drops of the cleaner in the ear, massage the ear and donn goggles.

      • Fuzzy will do half the cleaning by shaking his/her head

      • Dip cotton swap in room temp or slightly warm ear cleaning solution

      • This is a two person operation

      • Use a circular motion, making contact with the inner walls and crevices while gently pulling the top of the ear upward

      • Repeat with moistened versus dry swab in circular fashion

      • Repeat until the swabs are clean

    • Warning, never reuse a dirty swab and never place used swabs into the cleaning liquid

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Bully Behavior

    • Personal Notes

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • How to stop Biting

    • Personal notes

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Ferret Evacuation Kit

    • Think first aid kit and temporary home

    • Additional pet carrier

    • Bag filled with the following:

      • Blankets, a sleep sack, toys, treats

      • Filtered water bottles

      • Ferret food, nutrical, baby food

      • Copies of ferret health, shots, contact information

      • Harness

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Mile High Ferret Club: Ferret Health Fair

  • Feeding a sick Fuzzy

    • Personal Notes

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