Message Number: YG3165 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-03 02:19:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Question for the vets

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Chris & Dave Mathis, Oregon Ferret
Shelter" <slinky@t...> wrote:
> I have a 4 year old albino Marshall Farms male who suddenly got
chronic diaherra. His stools were black and tarry to begin with so
helibactor treatment was started. He is on amoxi, flagel, and pepto.
The stools are a normal color, but the diaherra is becoming more
liquidified and it appears that he is not absorbing the food. The
question I have is, Is it safe or advisible to give Endasorb with the
other medications to help stop the diaherra? He doesn't appear to be
dehydrated. His stools appear to be very acidic as his skin on his
bottom and legs is being burned off.

Dear Chris - I tcertainly sounds as if gastric ulcers are at play
here, and 4 year old animals probably also hve Helicobacter, but
neither of those really results in liquid diarrhea. Is there a
possibility of ECE here? What are you feeding? What is Endasorb?
and stools aren't normally acidic - but the mild alkalinity and the
sheer presence of moisture on the skin of the perineum and hind legs
is enough to cause a "scald" - where the hair comes off and the skin
is macreated - red, moist, and prone to damage.

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