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From: Alexis & Jason Thonen
Date: 2001-03-01 20:28:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: mucous poop

>From: "Dr. Bruce Williams" <williams@e...>

dear dr. williams,

>"Don't be a stoolgazer."

that was pretty funny. I guess you saw me in their with my flashlight
earlier tonight. :)

>Remember that the ferret colon continually makes mucus. Sometimes if
>ferrets are not eating frequently, they will poop just mucus.

I didn't know this. knowing helps explain better, I was thinking, where on
earth could all this mucus come from???

>for other symptoms, and we isolate the most likely suspect to see if
>it is repeated.

we did this at lunch, isolated stubby, and had our suspicion verified when
we got home and there was another deposit. this one was more pink tinged.

>In this particular situation, I would be mindful that the first sign
>of ECE, which may be seen after a new introduction is vomit, which is
>followed by a green mucousy diarrhea. Once the diarrhea starts,
>though, there is usually no question.

haven't seen either of these so far, although the other adoptee looks to
possibly have ulcers. black, tarry stools.

>If you factor in the history of a bloody mucusy poop, I would
>probably also think about proliferative colitis - a disease in which
>frequent passage of mucus and blood is the primary clinical sign.
>But once again, you see it repeatedly.

we have 1 bloody mucusy poop 2 wks ago, 1 this morning, 1 this afternoon,
and 1 this evening. they have gotten progressively more bloody. everything
else appears normal, with the exception of him slightly pawing at his face
this evening. I looked down his throat and couldn't feel anything, felt his
abdomen and couldn't feel anything.

thank you for your response, and if you have any further suggestions I would
greatly appreciate them!

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