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How to Administer Eye Medication to Your Ferret

By: Dr. Dawn Ruben

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Eye disease, infections and traumas are common ailments that require medication to treat. But administering medication to a ferret can be difficult, especially if he is in pain. Diligence and patience are necessary to help give the medication. A technique used to give eye medication is explained below.

  • Have someone help restrain your ferret by holding his front legs and chest or wrap your ferret firmly in a blanket or towel.

  • Place the medication in your dominant hand with the lid off.

  • Rest this hand on top of the head in order to stabilize your hand. This hand should be near the side of the eye closest to the nose.

  • Using your other hand, place the thumb near the lower eyelid and the forefinger near the upper eyelid.

  • Spread the eyelids using your thumb and forefinger.

  • Apply the medication directly on the surface of the eye. Be very careful not to touch the surface of the eye with the tip of the medication container.

  • Once the medication has been administered, open and close the eyelid 1 to 2 times with your thumb and forefinger to spread the medication over the entire surface of the eye.

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