How To Euthanize a Ferret At Home?[4 Simple Steps]

It is always hard to put down your pet. No one can ever be mentally prepared for such a tragic situation. 

But putting them down at home somehow makes things slightly easier. Although it’s a simple process, it’s not every day you euthanize your pet. At least we hope not. So, it’s okay to be confused.

So, the question is how to euthanize a ferret at home?

You can euthanize your ferret by using carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide helps to make the animals go painlessly. So the method you are about to follow will allow your pet ferret to be put down painlessly. The main two ingredients you’ll need to produce your carbon dioxide are vinegar and baking soda. 

If the above information seems convincing, wait till you see what we’ve got in this article! You’ll definitely be able to euthanize your pet as painlessly as possible  

How to Painlessly Put Down Your Ferret

How to Painlessly Put Down Your Ferret

Thinking about how to painlessly kill a ferret? We have given ferret euthanasia methods below. 


Given below are materials that you can find right at home! 

  • Hose
  • Baking soda
  • 500 millilitres of white vinegar 
  • Measuring cup
  • And a jar that can hold 500 millilitres of liquid 
  • Measuring spoon preferably a tablespoon 
  • Staple plastic bag
  • A container 

Step-1: Measuring The Ingredients

Start by Measuring two cups of white vinegar into the measuring cup. Then pour it into the jar. After this take your baking soda and take 3 tablespoons into the bottom of the bag.

Your bag needs to be large enough to accommodate the jar. Then get a container that can fit your ferret.

Step-2: Placing The Hose

Place your pet ferret into the container. Now, for the hose, make sure the hose fits into the hole of your container. It’s okay if there’s a small gap between the hose and the opening of the container. Because the gas produced by the reaction is actually heavier than the oxygen inside.

Keeping the gap will sink down and displace oxygen that’s lighter out of the top of the hole. Close the cap of the bottle so that the animal contained in it will not escape while you’re getting ready.

Step 3: Producing Carbon Dioxide

Seal up the bag as much as you can, after putting the jar into it. Also, you might need some tape to wrap around the opening of any type of bag you are using. Make sure the bag does not start opening up.

Do not let the end of the hose in the bag touch the fluid. You only want the gas produced by the reaction to go in the hose. If your ferrets start becoming more active block the hole. That will go into the jar so it does not jump out.

To block the gap plug it up with paper or a tissue. Then slowly pour half of the vinegar into the bag. Because of the vinegar, the bag will start to balloon up.

Start pressing the bag to let the gas from the bag go to the container with your ferret. With your container filling up with the gas, your ferret will start getting sedated.

Pull out the hose and close the bottle with a cap. Then leave the bottle for 20 minutes just to be sure that the method has worked. To make things easier, have a proper burial for your beloved pet.

These are pretty much all the steps on how to put down a ferret at home.

Now, euthanizing can be such a tough process. So, to entirely avoid this for as long as you can, try these multivitamins for your sick ferrets-

We really hope these work for your sick ferrets and make them healthy again. 

The Pros And Cons Of Euthanizing At Home

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to everything. Similarly, there are pros and cons to small animal euthanasia at home. As a result, they are given below. 

Pros Of Euthanizing At Home

If you don’t want to be seen in a miserable state in public places like the veterinarian’s office, home euthanasia would be perfect for you.

On top of that, the pet will not have to endure one more ride in the family car or cab. And the family may say their final goodbyes to their pet in peace and comfort. Saying goodbye at the vet could be far more difficult to accomplish. 

A home euthanasia allows pets with a fear of the veterinarian’s office to spend their final moments in a familiar environment.

Cons of Euthanizing at Home

Home euthanasia is not an option for every pet, nor is it always the best option. A home euthanasia may be more difficult if your pet is very ill and in the hospital. Let’s say your ferret has had heart failure and needs oxygen therapy. 

One of the worst things you can do is take your pet out of the oxygen cage and head home. This decision, in my opinion, crosses the line into selfishness. It might even be hard for you to put down your own pet. 


How much is it going to cost to euthanize my ferret?

Between $50 and $100 is the average cost of euthanasia in a veterinary office setting. It costs between $150 and $400 to have a veterinarian come to your home and perform euthanasia.

How do I know that I have to euthanize my ferret?

You could find your ferret slumped over, taking deep breaths, when death is imminent. Temperatures will fall below 97 degrees Fahrenheit. Those who are dying are wheezing or moaning with every breath.

How to tell a ferret is in pain?

One ferret may bite, while another may whimper. While a third may show no reaction at all if it is injured. What the ferret does is not as important as the change in behaviour. Ferrets, most likely, may not express their distress by crying, but they do so by altering their behaviour.

Which ferret lives the longest?

Neutered ferrets seem to live longer. This procedure is important and will protect them from a variety of health problems, including unplanned pregnancy in the case of ferret females, stress, and all of the problems that can arise from having an active sexual life.


So far we hope you’ve unfortunately learned how to euthanize a ferret at home. It is a very heart-wrenching task. And we hope you don’t have to further face this type of situation.

Remember whichever procedure you use, make sure it is painless as possible. And if it’s too hard there’s no shame in getting the process done at the vet.

 Good luck!

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Ryan Dugan
Ryan Dugan
Ryan Dugan

Ryan Dugan is a dedicated pet care professional who offers top-notch services for a variety of pet species. He has a soft spot for my own feline companion, Sophie. He is passionate about animals He shares his knowledge and experience on his blog to help other pet owners understand and care for their own beloved companions. Whether you need a pet-sitting service or advice on pet care, He is the go-to expert.

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