Message Number: YG27 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Christopher
Date: 2001-02-19 01:41:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ? Post ECE Syndrome?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., iwilson03@a... wrote:
> My next question would be is there a
> statistically significant difference between ferrets who were
> diagnosed as having had ECE and those who did not have ECE who
> presented with malabsorption problems much later.

I don't think I can answer the question asked. The problem here
being, every ferret has a built in malabsorption problem. With a
notoriously short, inefficient intestinal tract even simple stress or
a change in diet could ellicit those symptoms. Statisticly I would
guess 100% of post ECE ferrets have malabsorptive symptoms and 100%
of ferrets who have no exposure to ECE will at some time display
malabsorptive symptoms. Those symptoms are so non-specific as they
apply to almost any ferret illness, a multitude of physical agents
(chewed toy or bedding) and a host of psychological agents (stress,
depression) If it was one short duration, I'd blow it off, if it was
chronic I'd see my vet! If it was intermittent I'd smack Jamie for
feeding them sweets when I wasn't looking.

Christopher & crew

(any medical opinion expressed by me should be bounced off a trained,
licensed, practicing veterinarian so as to give him/her a good laugh)