what to do


Question by  mlucyfox (31)

What should I do about my ferret who is gagging and coughing?

This happens several times a day.


Answer by  Molae06 (1467)

Ferrets are known for contracting sicknesses and that is why getting routine shots is necessary. For ferrets who are coughing and gagging, they need to be taken to a vet as they might have an upper respiratory infection which can be fatal. Never try medicating a ferret without consulting an animal doctor first.


Answer by  reba95912 (96)

Take your ferret to the vet immediately. It can possibly be a hairball but can also be something more serious such as a cold or pneumonia.


Answer by  Gigi23 (139)

The coughing and gagging is most likely due to a hairball built up in the airway. These are common in ferrets.


Answer by  navywriter (790)

Check to see if he has anything stuck in his throat or the roof of his mouth, especially if he is pawing at his throat when it happens. If not, he may be sick and have a respiratory infection. He should be taken to the veterinarian to be checked out for any illness.


Answer by  Kamalani (128)

The ferret could have a cold, has anyone in the family been sick recently. The best suggestion is to take him/her to the vet and have a little check up. Could be as simple as a cold or something more serious.


Answer by  Nancy (578)

These little critters are notorious for swallowing all kinds of things that could choke them, so please check any areas it is in to make sure there is nothing that can choke it. They'll eat anything including cigarette filters which can get trapped.


Answer by  amtcura66 (1340)

It may have a hairball. Have you seen any around? If that is not normal then you should probably take it to the vet.

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