Post by infernalancestry on Nov 19, 2020 18:20:44 GMT -5
One of my ferrets is a bit of a fatty and ate his chicken wings too fast - he usually just coughs up anything he eats too fast and chews it again - but for the past 10~ minutes he's been making little "kehpkhep" noises and sounds like he's struggling to breathe a bit ? He's also breathing quite fast and occassionally coughing quiet little squeeky/wheezy coughs as opposed to the usual "GHAK" hairball/bone coughs
I can't see anything in his mouth/throat but I gave him some vaseline and made him drink a little water through a syringe but that didnt seem to help
Will he eventually cough it up on his own or is there something I can do to help him out ?
Post by infernalancestry on Nov 19, 2020 18:38:53 GMT -5
He fell asleep curled up with his brother and the weird noises have stopped, it's at least a relief to know that he was probably intentionally trying to get some bone out of his mouth rather than genuinely struggling to breathe.
I'd still love some advice for what I can do to help ease this if he's still struggling when he wakes up / if it happens again and he doesn't want to go to sleep
(this has definitely encouraged me to stock up on a lot of whole grind meals, every time either of them cough a bit my heart sinks 😭)
Post by Corvidophile on Nov 19, 2020 20:08:36 GMT -5
Pumpkin can help push something lodged in the throat down, but you may want it to come back up instead- if he’s still struggling when he wakes up you may want to take him to a vet to have them remove the obstruction manually. Try pumpkin first to see if you can’t push it into the stomach where it can be digested.
try to listen to his lungs and see if you anything unusual. It's tough with a ferret, but maybe when he first wakes up. sometimes all it takes is a hair in the nose or throat to cause that irritation. One member in the facebucket group recently dealt with it for a couple days before she was able to spot the hair sticking out of the fuzzy's nose.