How can I prevent my ferret from getting heatstroke?
Your ferret can get heatstroke in temperatures above 80 degrees. Heatstroke can kill your ferret within minutes, so it is important to take precautions. If you must travel with your ferret on hot days, make sure to use a car with air conditioning. Try not to set the ferret right in front of the vent; direct drafts can make them sick. Another thing you can do is freeze a two-liter bottle of water, wrap it in a towel and lay it in the crate with the ferret. Make sure to add some extra bedding to keep the bottle from rolling around in the crate. Make sure your ferret has access to plenty of water, and bring a spray bottle (ones with a nice mist work the best) to spray him down if he looks as if he's getting too warm.
Some signs of heatstroke are panting, open-mouthed breathing, mucus coming from the mouth and nose, toe pads becoming bright red and then turning purple to blue, limpness, seizure and collapse. If your ferret shows any of these signs, immediately cool him by applying a cool (not cold) wet cloth over his legs, paws, hindquarters and tail. Or immerse your ferret in room-temperature or lukewarm (not cold) water, keeping his head above the water. Then call your vet, because fluids may need to be injected beneath the skin. --CL-jacybaby
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