Message Number: YG6764 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-08-29 14:58:00 UTC
Subject: New to the group (long)


I am new to the group. I was referred to you by someone while asking
a question about my ferrets health on a ferret forum. If anyone has
any insight I would be thankful!

I have two ferrets, both about two years old. A couple weeks ago I
noticed that they started to cough. At first I thought that it was
due to a temp change ~ it had gotten colder than usual lately and
they were by a window that we keep open in the summer. So I moved
them to a different room where the temps would be more constant.

The coughing continued. Last week I posted on a ferret forum asking
if the pine in their cage could be causing them to cough. I was told
that it was, so I removed the pine that night and washed out the
bottom of their cage. Also, over the weekend I gave them both a bath
with their ferret shampoo. Their coughing decreased, but is still

I posted again on the forum today and realized that I never washed
their hammock and there could be pine dust causing the cough to
remain. They are eating well, drinking, and playing just as usual.

Any advice? Do I need to take them to the vet or is the cough due to
the pine/pine dust that could be remaining?

Please let me know and thanks in advance.