Message Number: SG5795 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2003-08-15 16:55:15 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] coughing
Message-id: <a06001a0cbb62be993d4a@[]>

Quick note: as per past posts of Dr. Bruce Williams, ferret
pathologist, ferrets don't get rhinoviruses (colds) which is
consistent with what I have heard about them being used for research
for some other respiratory things but not for colds.

They DO get sinus infections and influenza and can share these back
and forth with humans. Some do have respiratory allergies; we had
one with full fledged asthma year ago.

Patty, was that thing you and your ferrets shared a bug which seemed
viral and which also produced some reflux and a throat cough?
(Forgive me for forgetting what you said but I have a headache.)
That went through our household -- all members of all number of feet
-- and we are also in NJ. Hilbert still has the tail end of his and
isn't losing it in a timely fashion so he has antibiotics in case a
secondary bacterial thing may be setting in for him. One guess who
was at the vet's yesterday... Everyone here had a short second bout
of it, too, except Hilbert who is still on his first.

Coughing always needs to be checked out unless it is very sporatic,
and rattling breathing has to always be checked out, both call for
chest x-rays as Patty said.