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Making an Evacuation Kit for Your Ferret
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
First Aid, Emergencies and Poisons
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Food and Water
Food: Two weeks supply; place dry food in airtight containers (rotate every 3 months)
Usual treats (rotate every 3 months)
Water: Two weeks supply of water (store in dark place, rotate every 2 months). Estimate 1½ pints a day.
Food and water dishes
Spoons and can opener, if necessary

Restraint and Identification
Extra harnesses with tags (identification tag, rabies tag)
Leashes, including a nylon slip leash
Towels
Thick leather gloves (in case your ferret is injured or very afraid)
Pet carrier with the following information indelibly printed: your name; phone number; address; a description of your ferret (distinguishing marks, age, sex, spayed, neutered, etc.); the name of your ferret; microchip ID or tattoo ID, if any; pet insurance policy number; and the address and phone number where you or a contact person can be reached if you are not at home
Recent photographs with the same information that is on the pet carrier printed on the back (keep in a waterproof container, e.g., inside several ziplock bags). Include yourself in some of the photos to help you reclaim your pet, should he become lost.
Wire, pliers, and duct tape (to repair pet carrier)

Sanitation
Small litter pan, litter, and scoop
Newspaper
Paper towels
Dish soap
Disinfectant
Garbage bags
Plastic bags for holding waste (two weeks supply)
Care and Comfort
Blanket
Toys
Hot water bottle
Flashlight and batteries
Grooming supplies

Records and Medications (store in a waterproof container)
Vaccination certificates
List of phone numbers:
   • Your veterinarian
   • List of secondary veterinarians
   • "Pet-friendly" motels
   • Boarding facilities (Red Cross shelters do not allow animals)
   • Emergency clinic(s)
   • Database centers if your ferret is tattooed or has a microchip
   • Animal poison control center(s)
   • Animal shelters in your area (in case you get separated from your pet)
Pet insurance policy number
Copies of proof of ownership papers (registration information, adoption papers, proofs of purchase, and microchip/tattoo information to store in the evacuation kit). List each of your animals and their species/breed, age, sex, color, and other distinguishing characteristics.
Medical records and/or list of medical needs, if your ferret has a medical condition or is on medication
Two weeks supply of medication and any supplements (include at least one dose of your monthly heartworm preventative) in a waterproof container (rotate every two months); have chemical ice packs and a small, insulated cooler if medication needs refrigeration
If your ferret is taking medication regularly, include that information on a separate ID tag
First aid kit

A large plastic tub or garbage can with a lid can be used to store these disaster preparedness items for your ferret. Tape a copy of this list to the inside of the cover for future reference. Include a calendar indicating when certain items should be/were replaced.

In addition to the items listed above, include anything you use for your ferret on a weekly or monthly basis. A good idea is to collect all the materials for your disaster preparedness kit, and then experiment by using only those items to care for your ferret the next two weeks. That way, you will easily find out if you need to include other items, or a larger quantity of certain things.


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