How did you decide it was time? Was your ferret sick or old?
It’s come to my attention that Brolee’s (my older lady albino ferret whom we don’t know the exact age for, but I’ve had her for 5 years) health took a downward spiral in the past 24 hours. This will be my first ferret to go…and even…
I don’t know what I will do when it comes time, I keep pretending like its never going to happen. And having 4 ferrets, its not like you get used to it.
My condolences, best of luck.
I think they just… have a way of letting you know. We had two boys once, brothers who spent their wholes lives together… the older bigger guy had insolinoma and died one night quite very unexpected, despite being on prednisone… within a month the younger brother (who did have liver problems) stopped eating. He stopped doing anything. We were feeding him with a food dropper for a while, but after a while, his strength was just gone, all the joy of life gone from his eyes, he just was there. What really signaled the end to us, was he wouldn’t get up to the use the bathroom anymore. He would fall over when he tried to walk. Stumble. Grind his teeth. The vet confirmed our worries, that it was likely time for him to go… and ultimately, even though I struggled with the idea at the time, after the fact .. I’m really glad we took him to the vet that night. We had a wonderful ferret vet, they were were very patient, and very gentle, and it was really peaceful.
I will mention though, ask about what kind of euthanasia your vet intends to do. Ask if you can be there. One time I was nervous about putting one of our other girls down, and our regular vet was closed, and I called the local ER vet and asked if they do these things… they said they would, but that I couldn’t be in the room because they use a method that “is not very nice to watch” (her words, not mine! it was the heart-stick method for sure, but possibly without an anesthetizing shot prior? I’m not trying to scare you, but I dont know why they said I couldn’t be there, that scared me).. that didn’t work for me, I needed to be there. I didn’t know what to do. we decided to wait until my vet opened the next day, but my girl never made it through the day. (She went downhill so fast, she had adrenal disease and despite surgery the disease was too much for her… she was an old girl though, live the longest of my ferrets).
Hopefully you have a vet who works with ferrets and is comfortable with them, or you can find one. Our vet used two injections to put our boy to sleep… One injection put him under so he would feel no pain and drift off to sleep, the next injection was the one to make him pass. The second injection .. I wish I could remember which method it was specificaly.. heartstick or what.. I can’t remember where or how they delivered the euthanizing shot, if it was into a vein, or into the heart/chest cavity (which would be the heart-stick, I think it might have been in the chest? … I should call and find out)… everything was such a blur, but whatever method the Vet used, I was right there, the whole thing happened with him in my arms, and he passed peacefully and quietly… and even though I struggled with the decision at the time, I’m glad we went through with it. I think that first shot, the one that frees him from pain and puts him into a sleep-like state, is really a godsend.
Whether or not you decide to go through with euthanasia at a vet office, or decide to pursue a natural passing at home after consulting a vet, we wish you the best of luck. These things are so hard, you and Brolee will be in our thoughts tonight.