Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
My first guess would be an upper respiratory infection at the least. If that's the case, he'll need to be on antibiotics. As you know these little guys can go downhill fast, with it turning into pneumonia. If you can hear a crackling or popping sound when you listen to his chest, he may have pneumonia and you should try to get him to the vet asap. The crackling sound is also common with congestive heart failure. I know nothing about the treatment of congestive heart failure, but there is a treatment for it. Obviously the goal is to make him as comfortable as possible while he has quality of life.
As for the respiratory disease...are you talking about myco? Myco usually lies dormant unless the immune system is compromised through stress or infection, then it flairs up causing inflammation of the lungs (I think that's how it works), which opens the door to secondary respiratory infections. There is no cure for myco, and treatment consists of healthy food and low stress to encourage a strong immune system.
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