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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2007, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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strange noise...

Hi there everyone... I haven't posted in a long time...

I have a ferret question: I have a new kit (about 3 months old) - had him for a few weeks. Yesterday he started making this funny noise all the time. It's not chirping, and it's not coughing. It's almost like a tiny hiccup. He does it every few minutes, and usually he does it several times in a row. It's very quiet - almost like he's swallowing over and over but with a tiny squeak underneath so I can hear it. He was also coughing a bit more than usual while he was out of his cage yesterday.
I was thinking maybe he swallowed something he shouldn't have, but he seems to be eating and going to the bathroom normally. (hard to tell for sure because of the other ferrets, but I'm keeping my eye out...)
I gave him some laxatone a few times in case (this is not so easy because out of all my ferrets he hates everything but his food) but I managed to get some down by scruffing him.

Has anyone heard this noise before? If so, what's the deal?

Thanks so much,
brittany
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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It could be a hiccup. Human babies are prone to hiccups when their bellies are full. I would definitely isolate him for a few days to make sure that he is pooping normally as a blockage undetected could be deadly.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2007, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Fertmom - I will isolate him and see what happens... today he doesn't seem his normal crazy self.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-17-2007, 07:24 AM
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Ferrets have very sensitive respratory systems as well ... if he is coughing I would certainly call the vet - it could be signs of a URI - better to be safe than sorry.

I too agree about the blockages - they can sneak upon you & be fatal at a moments notice.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2007, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi guys and thanks for the feedback... I've been giving him laxatone and I separated him from the others. He's been eating and going to the bathroom as of today (that's a huge relief) and the noise has gone away. Today he was also back to his normal, totally insane self again. (That was also a relief, sort of
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2007, 09:24 PM
 
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That is good news!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2007, 09:58 PM
 
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i would probably isolate as well. i had a little problem with about the same thing i believe, and i just thought it was hiccups, or she got water up her nose taking a drink, but it ended up spreading to tinker, and i had to get a vitamin for their food, and get the marshall hairball stuff for their food. all turned out well, but i should have seperated them when i first heard it, and i would have only had to deal with one sicky instead of 2.
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