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From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-07-02 19:35:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ECE question

He should be given Carafate 10-15 minutes before feeding a bland diet
(chicken baby food). The Carafate may ease some of the pain
associated with eating and allow you to get some nourishment into him.

I don't know if I'd be forcing all those meds on him if ECE is his
only problem. Amoxi is ok for the first week or so to prevent any
opportunistic infections, but after that, supportive care is probably
the best thing you could do for him.

The only thing that bothers me is that vomiting is not usually
associated with ECE except maybe a few times the first day or so. I
can't tell for sure, but if the others are recovering, I'm assuming
it's been considerably more than a few days since the initial
infection. If he's vomiting up everything you feed him, there may be
something else going on.

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., mariasanderson@u... wrote:
> My vet is confident that our ferrets have contracted ECE as they
> became ill shortly after a new kit was introduced. Three of the
> are recovering nicely, but the fourth one is getting me worried. We
> keep him hydrated by giving him Sub-q fluids and he actually drinks
> quite a bit on his own but he is refusing food in any shape, way or
> form. He is on Amoxi, Kaopectate and since yesterday injections of
> Raglan and Pepcid. We're pretty sure he has ulcers, he grinds his
> teeth frequently and is very uncooperative when it comes to
> swallowing anything. He has nausea and is always pawing at his
> after we give him any meds by mouth.
> He hasn't eaten in three question is: what else can I/my
> vet do? How long can this go on? If I force feed him by syringe he
> vomits everything up within minutes.
> Any input would be GREATLY appreciated.
> All my best.
> Maria and Junior
> PS: just some background Junior is 4 years old, had bi-lateral
> adrenal surgery and is on pred and florinef.