Message Number: FHL10164 | New FHL Archives Search
From: silverfert
Date: 2009-10-31 04:09:29 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Collapsed Lung
To: <>

Hi Everyone,

Three days ago, Zoey, a 9-month-old MF, started flat ferreting, which she has never done before, and wasn't playing as much or as long. Her weight was/is the same (2lbs. 3.5 ounces) but she wasn't eating or drinking as much and she didn't feel quite as warm to the touch. Her breathing was fast and shallow while sleeping (not due to dreaming) and she had clear droplets at each nostril.

Today the vet said her heart and lungs sounded good and that her spleen felt fine. I decided to have her x-rayed to be on the safe side. I am so thankful I did. She was diagnosed with a collapsed right lung. The vet said she may have been born that way and that she could not find her thymus. I'm not sure Zoey was born that way because her breathing was normal until approximately three days ago (I tend to keep an eye on these things because my last ferret had cardiomyopathy). The vet is going to send the x-ray to a radiologist, but the radiologist isn't ferret-experienced. Clavamox was prescribed and we go back next week for another x-ray and to have her white blood cells checked.

Other than an "umbilical hernia" that developed around the second week after I got her (approximately 2 months old) and then went away about a week later, she has been the picture of health. I am at a complete loss and don't know what to think, ask or do. There have been no accidents or injuries that I am aware of. The vet isn't that ferret experienced either, so any info is greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much.


Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> Your email settings:
Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
(Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: