Message Number: YG3133 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-02 13:38:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Appearance of small "worm-like" shapes in rescue

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Margaret" <Margar@D...> wrote:
> There were two ferrets in the cage. I made the mistake and assumed
it was the rescue with
> the problem. It isn't. Skooter, my 2 yr. old altered male, has
the rear-end problem of
> diahreah (sort of a seedy with a yellow tinge). He eats normal and
drinks and plays
> normal. Fecal samples ruled out my "worm-like" theory.
> In a previous post, I read of using a low residue diet. May I ask
what items are low
> residue?

My personal choice is Gerber's chicken baby food - highly absorbed,
even in inflamed guts, so there is little that is passed out - the
prototypical low-residue food.
> I have him separated from the his other playmates.
> I am open to any and all suggestions. If pictures would help, I
can oblige.

This type of stool is very characteristsic of a malabsorptive
syndrome, and whenever I see an animal break with diarrhea following
the introduction of a new animal, coronavirus infection (ECE) always
rises to the top of the list. Infection in young animals is fairly
mild, and a seediness to the stool may be all that you see.

Pictures are always good. I am always interested in getting good
pictures of abnormal poop - I had some great pictures of ECE poop
when I worked with the virus in the lab several years ago, but
mispaced them and never got good replacements.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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