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From: Mike
Date: 2010-08-13 18:57:30 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Breathing problems - pneumonia or lymphoma or post-surgical complications?

I'm not an expert and I don't have any similar problems but I thought I wou=
ld share my thoughts on these symptoms.=C2=A0 Since this cleared up after o=
ne round of antibiotics I would not think it was lymphoma but that is still=
It sounds more like pneumonia which may require several different meds to c=
ure.=C2=A0 Pneumonia can be seen on X-Ray and there is usually a temperatur=
e associated with infections.=C2=A0
That thing that is poking out when he coughs is probably something called a=
xiphoid process.=C2=A0 Humans have this and I think ferrets do to but I'm =
not 100% sure about that.
I would get the vet to do an x-ray and start some other antibiotics.

[I had not thought that ferrets have a sternal xiphoid process,
but live and learn because this mentions xiphoid cartilage in
a skeletal specimen of another mustelid so there might well be
xiphoids if cartilage to connect them is there:


It's in entry 4168 (p670) from the seventh volume of
the catalogue of placental mammal specimens
of the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons
of England.=20

I still have a small comparative mammalian osteology
guide someplace but I'd have to dig it out. Can you tell
that I am 30+ years rusty on the topic and that
mustelids were not my focus of study then?

xiphoid means "spearhead shaped", BTW.

-- Moderator]


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