What is First-Aid?
First aid is the immediate care you should give to your ferret if they are suffering a sudden illness or injury. This immediate care can help preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, and/or promote recovery until you can get your ferret to a vet. Knowing at least basic First-Aid is essential, especially for those who many not have emergency vets available in their location when the worst situation occurs. Seeing our ferrets in pain or suffering can cause each and every one of us such stress and such worry.
First-Aid is NOT a replacement for professional Veterinary Treatment, however it may help avoid any extensive veterinary care, such as surgeries, and in turn help save you money. But all cases are unique and in the end it’s all about saving a life, not worrying over costs. Any ferrets who even need to undergo immediate first aid should ideally still be taken to the vet for evaluation, especially when the cause of illness is unknown, snake bites, or blockages (even after they pass the blockage.) etc..
Why learn about First-Aid?
Having the skills and knowing the techniques involved with First-Aid care can mean the difference between life and death, temporary and permanent disability, rapid recovery and long term recuperation of the ferret and so on. This care can be life saving and every pet owner, not just ferret owners, should learn and understand at least the very basic first aid care measures in case of future emergencies.
Statistics have shown that preventable accidents are the leading cause of death in pre-senior pets. It is estimated that up to 60 percent of animal hospital visits are emergency in nature. Most situations can be avoided, can be prevented as long as us as ferret owners take necessary precautions when it comes to ferret proofing our homes or ferret environments. Even the most OCD of ferret owners may have ferrets who succumb to some injury or disease so keep in mind that prevention does not equal 100% safe.
Many ferret owners will spend spend thousands on veterinary bills, and will will undergo so much pain and suffering, disability and even personal tragedy by trying to save their beloved ferret from something that could have been preventable. The first step for prevention is knowing and understanding your ferret’s health. This will give you a better the chance of keeping a simple problem from becoming a big painful problem in future.
Minor Injuries or Illnesses
Not all situations require veterinary assistance and in fact, many minor issues can be treated at home as long as one is knowledgeable enough to do so. You should use your common sense and rational judgement to make the decision to vet or not for your ferret. Ferrets are well known for hiding illness and pain, but their bodies are also created for self healing and as long as the ferret is healthy, they tend to be quite resilient with many illnesses without the aid of conventional treatments. You should learn how to recognize when the ferret’s body is losing the battle to heal itself and in the chance that you cannot be sure if you’re really helping your ferret, discuss the situation with your veterinarian.
Five Elements for Optimal Ferret Health
In addition to learning pet first aid, we recommend that you adopt five essential elements for optimal ferret health and wellness. The five elements are the People+Pet Bond, Snout-To-Tail Assessment, Nutrition, Supplementation and Exercise.
Knowing the health of your ferret and tracking its health information is of the utmost importance and could potentially prevent serious issues by aiding early recognition and early preparation. Knowing your pet’s health and keeping good records, positions you as a responsible ferret owner and can also help you to help your veterinarian when an issue arises!
Key to a Long Healthy Life
Exercise, proper nutrition and supplementation will keep your ferret living a long and healthy life. Just like us humans, our ferrets may not get all the nutrients and vitamins they need from their food and so supplementation is ideal. When the ferret gets all the nutrients they need to function, their bodies can heal themselves and recover from illnesses or injuries at a much faster rate than those that are lacking. Lacking can encourage bad health and that is something that will cost us more money, and heartache in the future so always aim for a healthy life for your ferret.
Complement their diet with a high-quality, human grade nutritional supplements. Ideal ones would be an omega fatty acid blend of oil added to the diet at approx ½ tsp a week as an average. We also recommend a Whole Body Support supplement like that from Standard Process, especially if you have a sick or ill ferret, or a ferret recovering from an injury. Many Immune boosting supplements are available and can aid in the recovery of sick ferrets, examples, L-Lysine.
Throughout our First-Aid section of The Natural Ferret, we will cover all of these elements for your convenience. We will also cover various topics mentioned such as the five elements in better detail shortly. So please look forward to that and if you found this information helpful as an introduction, please share it around so that other ferret owners may also benefit from it.