Date: 2009-12-16 18:37:10 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Flu
We've just been thru a very nasty bout of some kind of flu over the last 3 weeks. All of our ferrets caught it, but not at the same time. It started with fever and chills, then went on to affect their respiratory systems such that they could not breathe thru their noses and were sneezing and wheezing a lot. They had to breathe thru their mouths, making eating very tough, and something they wouldn't do without assistance. In order to make sure they got enough food and water we had to spoon feed them their soup 3 or 4 times daily. The one thing that we found that helped a great deal with the respiratory problems was a Vicks Vaporizor. It cost just $20 at the local CVS, but proved invaluable in helping to make them more comfortable until they got thru it, which was more than a week.
In Memory of Trinny, Neo, and Mr. Parker
Caring for Morphy, Baby Girl, Luna, Dozer, and Possum the Million Dollar Ferret
[If this used Vicks Vaporub, PLEASE, remember that
in study that product can cause respiratory inflammation
and reduce ability to excrete mucus in ferrets just as it
can in infants:
For the 6 page study report in complete form see:
which will take you to
Chest. 2009 Jan;135(1):143-8.
Vicks VapoRub induces mucin secretion, decreases ciliary beat frequency, and increases tracheal mucus transport in the ferret trachea.
Abanses JC, Arima S, Rubin BK.
Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1081, USA.
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