From: "Anja de Vries"
Date: 2008-02-25 17:09:56 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] just a cold?
Last wednesdayevening we startled as our male ferret of 4 years old
started to vomit violently. he didn't really cough up much but a
certain moment there was blood mixed with the bile, making the vomit
pink. We rushed to the vet but it seemed his temperature was normal.
We did an X-ray but it didn't show anything abnormal. Back home he
was running about again as if nothing was the matter. We did catch
him trying to eat a dry lentil that had fallen under the cupboard and
we came to the conclusion he must have eaten one of those. The
violent vomiting then broke a vein and the vomit was mixed with some
blood. Next day everything fine. The day after he made a strange
noise while breething and I thought of a cold and kept him separate
from his female companion. But the day after he was fine again and I
didn't worry about it. Today he has been sleeping alot and I noticed
that the funny noise from his throat was there again. Out of his cage
he immediately started sleeping again and that's not his normal
I'm thinking of a cold and I read dr. Bruce Williams comments in the
archives. I agree with him that a cold will pass on it's own and I
prefer not giving any medicines. What is worrying me though is that
he is a bit down and there have been no signs whatsoever of coughing
or sneezing. Any ideas? I will keep him seperate tonight and go and
see the vet tomorrow.
[Moderator's Note: Dr. Bruce Williams's comments are in relation to
uncomplicated influenza; he points out that ferrets do not get colds.
Please see posts such as:
Thanks. Hope that helps.]
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