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Coughing:


 

QUESTION:
Hello My name is tammy I have two ferrets one is 3 years and the other is 4months . My 4mon old has a cough and he is eating good and very active . He only coughs at night its a hard deep cough. is there anything I can get or should i take him in to see the doc . Like i said he don't act like he feels bad just that cough at night.

ANSWER:

Do you have a ferret knowledgeable vet? Your ferret may have an allergy, or he could have something else going on, it would be hard to say. If it is something serious he may need an antibiotic, but if it is just an allergy then a children's cough syrup may help, such as Robitusin, but it is best to seek advice from your vet.

 

Do you have any mold in the ferret room? We had a water leak and one of my ferrets hacked, mostly at night from the mold it caused. Once we rectified the problem he was fine after that, although we tried several treatments to help, once the mold was gone so was the cough!

 

What kind of litter are you using, if dusty it can cause respiratory problems, also pine and cedar do the same thing. One ferret may not be affected but another more sensitive one will be.

 


QUESTION:
My ferret is about 3 months old. I heard him cough once or twice a day but now he's coughing alot, and it sounded like he was coughing something up. I checked after and he had thrown up a bit. I'm just worried because I don't know if this is normal or not and I don't want anything to happen to him.

ANSWER:
Coughing is not normal in a ferret. What exactly did he vomit and was it very much? Could he have eaten something and got it stuck? Anything RUBBER can be fatal to a ferret as it will get stuck and cannot be passed, the only way is surgery.

 

If you suspect he has eaten something then get him to a vet asap as ferret's go downhill very quickly. If he hasn't eaten anything to make him sick, then he could have a virus or something else that would require a vet visit.

 




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