Treatment varies depending on the severity of the case and the specific cause. If respiratory distress is evident, oxygen treatment should be administered. Cage rest may also be necessary to ensure the ferret stays still and does not worsen respiratory distress. Your ferret should not be allowed to lay on one side for more than two hours at a time.
Further treatment depends on the cause. For example, foreign bodies blocking the airway must be removed -- most likely via airway suction. Intravenous (IV) fluid therapy may also be necessary to treat for related shock or dehydration. Because secondary infection is a common development of aspiration pneumonia, antibiotics may be recommended as well.
After initial treatment, the ferret should be monitored for symptoms. Be sure to administer any prescribed medications regularly and follow a veterinarian’s instructions throughout recovery.
There are a number of causes that can lead to aspiration pneumonia, thus it is difficult to pinpoint effective preventative measures. One way to help prevent aspiration pneumonia is to limit the ferret’s access to foreign bodies that may be inhaled.
A cavity in the mouth where the respiratory systems and gastrointestinal systems come together
The return of food into the oral cavity after it has been swallowed
The windpipe; it carries air from the bronchi to the mouth
The area found between the muscles and the endings of the nerves
The term for a quick heartbeat
Low amounts of glucose in the blood
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
Anything having to do with the stomach
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.