Message Number: YG4753 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-06-21 21:38:00 UTC
Subject: Pulminary Disease

I'm hoping you can provide some clarification (translation) and
possibly an opinion about the long term prognosis for a recent
diagnosis we received from our veterinarian.

Bailey is a very petite 1.4 yr old female ferret who was surrendered
to our society along with 2 male cagemates of the same approx age.
Bailey appeared to have some sort of respitory illness going on as
her breathing sounded very congested. Antibiotics did not clear it
up. She continued to be energetic, eating well, eliminating well, no
wasting but the congestion did not go away. It neither got better or

Our vet was puzzled and asked us to leave her for a few days for
observation and to have x-rays taken. The following is the message
he left on my answering machine. Please excuse the spelling.

"X-rays show a bula (?) indicative of some kind of obstruction. I'm
wracking my brain wondering where such a young ferret would get this
from. My best answer is that this is emphazema secondary to possibly
some chronic obstruct pulminary disease" He has prescribed

We have someone very interested in adopting Bailey (we made the
decision to seperate her from her cagemates as she did not seem
particulary bonded to them and they have since been adopted) but
we're unsure of what to tell the prospective adopters about her
health or future complications that may arise.

Any help you could give would be much appreciated.

Barbara Gustafson
Alberta Ferret Society