Message Number: YG3963 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-24 21:58:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bandit rush to vet and what is salmon disease

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "StarAngels" <starangels@q...> wrote:
> I took my bandit to the hospital this am for he was having severe
vomiting, he woke from his nap after his morning play I did not see
if he ate anything or not but must have right. he brought nothing up
the 4 times he did it.. so i rushed him over the vet check him out
and yes he's still eating and drinking and checked his stools all
seems to be ok.. advice was watch him and call us.. so that's what
were doing ( or should i get a second opinon? ) but i was reading
the notes on Gastritis, Acute and came across salmon disease only in
the pacific northwest and that's where i live so can someone tell me
what it is and cause ect? or send me to a web site that has
information on it..

Cheryl, save yourself some time. Salmon poisoning is a disease of
dogs who eat salmon and pick up a fluke called Nanophytus
salmincola. This parasite attaches to the lining of the intestine,
resulting in enteritis. Actually, the worse disease results from a
parasite which the fluke carries, which results in the fatal disease
of salmon poisoning, as it infects a wide range of white blood cells
and the central nervous system.

While possible, this ferret would have to have eaten raw fresh salmon
in order for this disease to even start. If this is a possibility,
tetracycline is the drug of choice.

I think in this case, I would look at the more likely causes of
vomiting in ferrets.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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