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From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-06-07 14:06:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Need advice on testing

> Amy and Jim Robbin wrote:

> Tests run so far are a fecal, cbc, bg and ex-rays. Everything has
> come back normal. My vet is suggesting tests that I think may be
> unrelated, such as an Echocardiogram...I don't really see how that is
> relevant to Diarrhea. Anyway I've spent $500 on tests and medications
> so far that have had no effect, so before I start signing up for
> arbitrary tests I was wondering if you folks could give some
> suggestions.

Do you know how his eosinophil count looked? There is a condition called
eosinophilic gastroenteritis which causes lingering diarhea. The only
absolute diagnosis is made bu doing an exploratory and taking a sample
of his intestine for the lab, but a lot cheaper way to go is to just
treat for it and see if it works. The treatment is Pediapred and a
change of diet. If you've had him on foods that are based on chicken,
change to Eukanuba Lamb and Rice. You would see a very rapid improvement
if that is the cause.

Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde