Message Number: YG5132 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-07-04 08:29:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Help - Possible Prolasped Rectum


You wrote:
> Rescue male ferret was returned 3 weeks later because new owners unable to
> stop diareah. Unsure at this point if ferret had contracted ECE, but
> possibly due to teeth grinding and what she had described of his diareah.
> I have treated many of our rescue ferrets for ECE, however, when he tried
> to poop, he did have watery brown stools and was wimpering. When I looked
> at his rectum it was swollen and a little bloody. Almost looked like a
> dime size balloon. You can tell this is very painful for him. I have
> never encountered this before.
> Could this be a prolasped rectum caused by having diareah so long? If so,
> what do I do? I read in one of the archives that you could use a
> combination of Preparation H and 0.5% Hydrocortison Cream. Is this
> correct?

Sure sounds like a prolapsed rectum. I would get this guy to a vet
- most prolapsed rectums return to normal once the diarrhea is
resolved. That needs to be addressed first. I also don't like to
use creams on that area with active problems going on - but often
recommend Preparation H once healing has started.
Hope this helps,
-Dr. Karen

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