Message Number: YG1296 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-15 05:06:00 UTC
Subject: Can guinea pigs get ECE?

I know this is a little off-topic but please bear with me...
I'm also on the FML and have been for about 2 years. I have 5
ferrets so the subject line is relevant as you'll see...

My daughter's guinea pig, Wheat, came down ill a few weeks ago.(He
apparently contracted *something* from a new cagemate who succumbed
to illness). Wheat was rushed to the vet. He wasn't really given a
diagnosis but we were instructed to give him a 10 day prescription
of Sulphatrim, force feed and hydrate. We've been force feeding
Wheat vegetable baby foods, and hydrating with low sodium 8-Vegetable
juice and apple juice. His feces is somewhat slimy and smells

The vet is unsure what the problem is... I'm worried about Wheat
recovering and my ferrets catching whatever this is... They are
isolated in separate rooms. Dr Williams, what do you think? COULD
it be ECE or something related? Do you think this is something that
might endanger my ferrets?

Thank you so much for your time!