Weird "coughing" noise?

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March 27th, 2005 00:00
California
michellepipkin
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My 4 1/2 month old ferret, Tanner, has recently started making this really weird coughing type noise at night. I've told my vet, and she says he's healthy, but I'm concerned. It kind of sounds like the cross between a hacking cough and a hiss. Anyone have any ideas? He's too young for "hairballs" right? Plus ferrets don't "hack" on hairballs do they? Michelle
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April 27th, 2005 00:00
California
matthew-miah
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If your vet is sure that your ferret is healthy then i am sure he is :). Ferrets can be very vocal - some people think the "dooking" a common noise that ferrets make when happy sounds slightly like what you have described. That said, could you please tell me what bedding you use? Some ferrets may contract respietrry problems due to dust from bedding/and/or litter.
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April 21st, 2006 01:11
New York
meekerlu
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little info. into my life as a ferret owner. about 5 yrs ago I owned a ferret. It started make an almost indesrible noise...i couldn't explain it to the vet well and she never seemed to do it there. It almost sounded like a cough, or a bark type thing. My vet. told me she was healthy no problems. Brought her back numerous times as i was considered. Later I found she was grinding her teeth. Not to alarm you, but I then, after research found they do this when they are in pain. After blood test and other diagnostics my ferret was discovered to be in pain. Not to alarm you but she was then later diagnoised with liver cancer(very popular among sable ferrets) and died 2 weeks later. I think a simple blood test just to ensure everything is "really okay" would be in order. What's $50 for a beloved family member...hope this helps... and kiss your baby for me as I miss me sooooooo much
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