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From: "Melissa"
Date: 2007-11-28 08:22:24 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Relation to "HELP! My ferret chokes on his food, ALOT!". Unknown Ailment.

Hello fellow parents,

I've just read Kaytea's thread in hopes that it would enlighten me on
my jill's situation. They're symptoms are very similar. While Kaytea
observes that it may be food related, I notice that mine goes beyond
that of just eating. I'm very concerned about her breathing,
sneezing, and coughing. Compared to my hob Puppy, he breathes through
his nose silently, while she sniffs so rapidly and loud while she's
awake and about, I could hear her from the adjacent room. She doesn't
hold her breath while drinking water and often gets it up her nose.
And like Kaytea's, she'll sometimes have these sort of attacks, like
she's trying to cough up phlegm from a chest congestion, or as if
something is caught in her throat, and has times where she'll try and
swallow. The coughing startles her so much, she tries to hide, but is
fine when it is over. She also has sneeze attacks, which sometimes
lasts up to a minute or two. Mucus is present when she sneezes, which
is a milky white or clear, but she swallows whatever she coughs up, so
I can never see if it's discolored. I look at the back of her throat
and it looks normal and pink. She'll sometimes wake up in the middle
of deep sleep and starts coughing as well.

I've had her for about a year, she is due for a vet visit as soon as I
can save money for her. I don't know if this is allergies, or a more
serious physical condition. She does not have labored breathing while
she sleeps, in fact she's actually very silent until an attack
happens. I figured the breathing is due to a constant stuffy nose,
but she'll sleep with her mouth closed and breathe through her nose
fine. And I can't tell if it's URI because she's been doing this
since I've first got her, and it seems pretty stable(she'll have good
and bad days), unless it's possible to have a such an ongoing
infection. It doesn't bother her so much to the point that she turns
lethargic, and she eats normally despite her hard time. She plays
with great vigor, and is almost always a happy ferret. If there's
anything I could do for her now to make her more comfortable as we
wait for her vet visit, I'd appreciate all advice and I thank you.
If I could dare sum this up by trying to compare all of her symptoms
to what we could experience, it's like she has a non-stop head and
chest cold.

I hope this relates to Kaytea and others in hope of bringing us all
closer to finding answers to our babies' many mysteries.

Concerned Mommy

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