> Of the 5 ferrets I've owned over the years, two I still have, two died
> of old age and one died of a tumor. As my first ferret, Pogo, grew
> weaker, barely able to walk but doing his best because FERRETS NEVER
> GIVE UP ON LIFE, I called my mother who worked in hospice and asked
> for advise. Do I put him down or what? Her answer was to love him,
> hold him, help him, talk to him, cuddle him, give him treats and to
> let him have his dignity. Good words, I think.
My guide for the time to put them down (any animal, actually) is when
they're not having any fun any more. Fortunately, they're such happy
beasties that's not all that hard to judge. In the mean time, yes, loving
support is the way to go.