How to medicate a ferret who doesn't want to be medicated.

You should know how to do this in the event your ferret needs treatment. I am not a medical person, but I do have two insulinomics who need medication. I have been doing this now for well over one year and didn't have anyone to show me how to do it. I learned through trial and error.
Ferrets can and will spit medications out. They have a spitting range of about 8 feet.

tools:

A towel to place the ferret on
A very small syringe. A one cc works best
medications mixed with something good tasting (like chicken baby food) and watered down.
Nutrical for a treat afterward.
One calmed down ferret.

The method:
With the ferret on your lap Picture#1
get comfortable and let him/her see and smell the syringe Picture#2. Put the end of your finger in the side of the mouth to gently force it open from the left side, and insert the end of the syringe into the right side Picture#3 Picture#4 Picture#5 Picture#6 squirt in no more than 2 to 3 drops while holding the head up so the liquid runs to the back of the throat and massage the throat so the ferret doesn't try to spit. After two to three squirts, let the ferret run into a hutch where it can compose itself for a few seconds. While this is happening, refill your syringe if all the medication isn't used up yet. Repeat the procedure until the medication is gone Picture#7.

The finale: Use the nutrical as a Treat and also to cleanse the pallet of the ferret. This will also give the ferret something to look forward to the next time you have to medicate it.

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