How To Take Your Ferret on a Flight [Ultimate Guide]
If you’re a ferret owner who is interested in taking your ferret on a flight with you – you’re in luck!
Although it isn’t as common as dogs or cats, some airlines do allow ferrets on their aeroplanes.
I’m not going to lie to you, taking your ferret on a flight will require some planning. However, I’ve put together this ultimate guide with step by step instructions to help you with the process.
- Selecting a ferret-friendly destination
- Choosing a ferret-friendly airline
- Getting your ferret’s pet passport
- Getting the right carrier
- Preparing your ferret for travel
Let’s jump straight in!
Preparing your ferret for travel
You want to ensure that the journey is as stress-free as possible for your ferret.
Let them get used to the carrier so that they feel a little at home in there.
For a few days before your trip, let your ferret play and sleep in the carrier.
You could even pop some of their favourite toys in their carrier, for extra comfort and security.
Be sure to give your ferret a light meal around 2 hours before the flight, and make sure you give him/her an opportunity to go to the toilet before putting it in its carrier.
To ensure that you have everything for your trip, I have put together a checklist for you:
- Pet passport
- Your veterinarian’s phone number
- Phone numbers for ferret vets near all places you will be on your trip
Travel carrier approved by airline
- Food, treats and water
- Mountable food dish
- Water dish
- Harness / leash
- Mountable litter box
First aid kit
- Saline solution for wound cleaning or flushing eyes – you can make your own with 1 teaspoon of table salt to 1 cup of cooled boiled water
- Meat-based baby food puree for emergency food + syringe
- Nutrigel, corn syrup or honey to be rubbed on the gums in case of hypoglycaemia
- Lectade in case of mild dehydration
- Small bandages