For the First Time Ever, a Sea Otter Has Been Diagnosed With Asthma

When Mishka, a sea otter, started having trouble breathing, veterinarians at the Seattle Aquarium diagnosed her with asthma.
When Mishka, a sea otter, started having trouble breathing, veterinarians at the Seattle Aquarium diagnosed her with asthma.

Mishka, a 1-year-old otter living at the Seattle Aquarium, is now the first sea otter to be diagnosed with asthma. She started having trouble breathing when wildfires moved into the Puget Sound area in Washington last month. Veterinarians ran tests and listened to her chest, and determined she needed an inhaler to help her breathe easier. Treats have been key to teaching Mishka how to use the inhaler. “We try to make it as fun as possible,” said Sara Perry, a biologist with the aquarium. “Anytime you’re training a medical behavior, you want to make it nice and positive.” Mishka has responded well to getting her treatments — and her treats. — Read it from the Seattle Aquarium

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