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Date: 2006-10-30 01:56:06 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Honking like a goose

Sounds like a collapsing trachea due to an anomaly in the supporting
cartilage. It is common in some small dog breeds and I have heard of
it in ferrets, although unfortunately I can't direct you to a
specific case. I have also seen it in a couple of rabbits and that's
exactly what it sounds like - a goose!

If it IS collapsing trachea there's not much you can (or usually need
to) do, but watch out for respiratory infections since extra mucus
(possibly made worse by rubbing of the tracheal walls) can cause more
problems. It is difficult to diagnose (we had post-mortem
confirmation in the rabbit cases) because a tiny bit of airway
narrowing may happen only on an in breath OR an out breath, and it
may or may not be visible on a radiograph.

Not a vet...
... but I will be in 2009!

On Oct 29, 2006, at 6:34 PM, wrote:

> For about a year and a half I have had one ferret who has an
> intermittent strange sound. It is NOT a normal ferret chortle,
> cluck, dook or any other sound they make either frequently or
> infrequently. It is NOT a cough, or hacking sound. It sounds like a
> human who has something stuck in the trachea, allowing air to pass
> by so it is possible to breathe, but not enough that it is possible
> to have a completely unobstructed airway.
> This has been more frequent in recent months. Yesterday he woke up,
> ran out of the ferret room into the kitchen, stuck his head in a
> bag on the floor and honked like a goose!

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