Post by lycorisousa on Feb 15, 2018 21:17:56 GMT -5
Vet said everything was normal but she was making the sound there. She had some coughing and gagging while there. She said it sounded like sneezing to her still strange but while she is an exotic vet sue went to get the vet that owes ferrets to listen to her.
Together they think nasal irritation, not quite an infection. So dry air, allergens, ect. Told me to monitor her, they are opened on weekends which is nice. She said she needs to see if they will let them order an x-ray tube for her ferret patience. Apparently, she's been getting lots of push back on supplies because she only has 10 ferrets.
There is another ferret vet an hour away maybe I can see what he thinks. She had some redness on her face which was noted but it went down after she had a big gag and hacking fit there.
Post by lycorisousa on Feb 16, 2018 22:54:42 GMT -5
Thank you so much! Hopefully, we can keep it up.
We found out she somehow got foam so we gave her pooping pumpkin while setting an appointment just in case. My roommate watched her and she was still doing it by the time the appointment came around.
Ended up taking her, the vet said stomach, lung, and throat were clear but she was still confused by the sound she was making. Exotics are her specialty but she felt the sound was almost like a sneeze. The other vet on duty is actually for my dogs but he owns ferrets and she got him to come and listen to what she was doing. When he came in she had a gagging and coughing fit while making her nasal sound.
Together they were saying it's possible she has her respiratory irritated not yet infected so allergies I suppose. Told me to keep an eye on her and if she is losing weight or seems worse to bring her back right away. I'm blessed with 2 exotic specialists in the area so if I needed I guess the third opinion, in this case, I can take her to someone else. We cleaned the house super well, changed their bedding, and closed their privacy cover all the way. Normally the top part is the only part closed off. She played for a bit but climbed into my dog's crate and slept (it's up high so she can't be bothered and I suppose feels more private to her).
She seemed normal this morning, even did her morning meet mommy at the kitchen jump she does. Did sleep most of the day but she tends to when it rains, she hasn't made the sound again. So I'm hoping extra cleaning, humidifer and maybe getting an air purifier is going to benefit her.
Oh I'm so glad to hear she is doing better! Pop quiz, what is the blockage protocol and when should it be used? I know we have not gone over this at but given what you just went through, I thought maybe you have done some research into it.
Post by lycorisousa on Feb 18, 2018 15:28:08 GMT -5
Blockage protocol is only to be done in an emergency and you know for sure there is a blockage. Pumpkin is high in carbs which is bad for ferrets while vasaline can stop the body from absorbing nutrients. It should be stopped if they crash or start vomiting this will mean a total blockage and should be taken to the vet right away.
Alternate vasaline 1tsp and pure pumpkin 1 table spoon every hour for up to 4 hours. If object does pass continue to follow up by giving them 1 tsp of pumpkin for 4 days.
Honestly I've had the protocol stored on my computer since I got them and have read it so many times and have it on my fridge also. Get that memorized. Never hurts to review especially with the scare she gave me.
She is doing a lot better back to her playful self and causing trouble.
Post by lycorisousa on Feb 24, 2018 22:25:46 GMT -5
So we what was supposed to be a day trip to Chattanooga turns out a place we stopped at turned into an active shooter situation. We had to get a hotel since my car was in the area where it started. My sister fed them but I told her to grab anything labeled ferret and give it to them so it might be off but I think we are still on menu.