Message Number: YG2661 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-17 19:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Testing for ulcers

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., lchez1965@y... wrote:
> Can anyone please tell me what tests should be done to determine
> whether my ferret has an ulcer?

Most ulcers are fairly easily diagnosed based on the clinical signs
of grinding teeth and tarry stools. Others give more vague signs of
inappetence, occasional vomiting and loose stools, etc.

A response to Carafate given at meals (reduction of grinding, an
enhanced appetite) with or without comcomitant treatment for
Helicobacter (a commonly associated bacteria) is probably the second
most common "test" performed.

Endoscopy and biopsy is probably the most definitive antemortem test
available, but due to the expense and requirment for general
anesthesia and specialized equipment, it is rarely done in ferrets.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, dVM