We have travelled with pets before (flying and driving), but now we are considering making a bit longer trip throughout Europe, with all our 3 boys. I am used to the car travel routine with ferrets (we drove from Romania- Hungary - Austria-Germany-Denmark-Sweden-Finland before, but just with 1 ferret), drove longer distances within Fi, also travelled by train, by bus.. all included .
I wanted to ask for opinions for a ferret first aid kit - the must have: We have the usual : bandages, disinfectant, space blanket, some syrup,burn spray, syringes, painkillers..
Any ideas on what else to add?
Another thing - the travel cage - How do you secure it on the back seat of the car? just with the seatbelt or you use extra ropes? I found some nice ideas to secure the items inside the cage on some of the pages here, but I'm not sure how to secure it in the car.
Do you have any other ideas on what to use in the car as a carrier, instead of a fullsized cage? The small-vet carriers are uncomfy for them, and for the hotel and the people we visit, we have a large playpen as a indoor cage.
And again, do you carry just dry meat, or some small freezer box with raw meat?
It sounds like you might already have this from your list, but for the first-aid kit, how about: styptic powder (blood clotting), blockage protocol (vaseline + pumpkin or whatever your variant is), pedialyte, carnivore care (or the European version: basically medical quality food and hydration for sick ferrets)? Also, very complete vet records, and perhaps a list of ferret knowlegdeable vets along the way? Sub-Q fluids if you can do that. I have no idea how to do it yet, but it seems an incredibly useful thing to know with ferrets. I know I was freaking out when I found Maisie in the morning dehydrated, lethargic, and taking nothing by mouth. Even going to the vet right away it took a couple of hours before she had help (she ended up having blockage surgery).
It sounds like your ferrets travel well. Be prepared and have fun! It sounds like an awesome trip
Thanks, Blue, I'll add those to the list. I have no idea how to do sub-q fluids, but I may ask my vet, it is really a good skill. I've been in a similar situation, with a kit with blockage, and until we found a vet that had any idea about ferrets, it took about 12h, almost lost him....
I wonder, if this hasn't been discussed before - maybe I can put all the info together and make a clear list, it may be useful for other travellers as well.
We'll wait until the spring, and then hit the road