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Typically hospitalization is not required unless surgery is recommended, or if an exploratory scope of the nasal cavity or the sinuses is needed. Treating the symptoms and maintaining proper hydration, nutrition, and hygiene (keeping passages clean) are vital. In fact, many ferrets with nasal discharge become anorectic, so a high-calorie diet should be considered. Dietary supplements may also be added to increase caloric content to these foods, or your veterinarian may recommend warming the food to body temperature or offering via syringe.
Your veterinarian will want to observe nasal discharge and note changes in volume or character. He or she will also monitor the blood count, which should return to normal after successful treatment of infectious diseases. However, if discharge is due to canine distemper virus, clinical signs will progress and is typically fatal for the ferret.
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
A special type of tissue that exudes mucus
The part of the throat that is found between the soft palate and the epiglottis
A cavity within a bone; may also indicate a flow or channel
A condition of having only one side
Something that bears a resemblance to mucus
A cavity in the mouth where the respiratory systems and gastrointestinal systems come together
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
Having two sides
A protein in the body that is designed to fight disease; antibodies are brought on by the presence of certain antigens in the system.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The whole system involved in digestion from mouth to anus
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
Moving or located away from the midline; located along the side