Date: 2001-07-04 17:16:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] pancreas
You are describing exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).
This is a rare problem in ferrets. What other signs is he showing
besides the weight loss (ravenous appetite, large amount of
feces/mucoid diarrhea, anemia from malnutrition)?
If it is EPI then the 2 big things to treat it would be :
1) a bland diet such as Gerber's baby food (chicken or turkey),
or Hill's a/d and 2) a powdered pancreatic enzyme product to
add to his food. Some will also need an antibiotic for bacterial
overgrowth and a vitamin-mineral supplement. Treatment will
likely be needed for the rest of his life.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM