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From: team-machine
Date: 2001-07-08 19:10:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Ferret's and Diarrhea?

From past experience the diet change alone will cause GI distress. I would
try and do more of a 50/50 mixture and then over a weeks time decrease the
old and increase the new. Ferrets like cats have sesitive digestive systems
and new food along with the stress of the new enviroment can undoubtably be
contributing factors.Was her previous enviroment clean? A fecal exam may not
be a bad idea to check for coccidia or other parasites that may also cause
diarhrea. I would monitor for dehydration,but it sounds like she is drinking
O.K. I suggest getting her to a vet like you ASAP. K.M.said
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2001 8:26 PM

> Hello all,
> I just adopted a new ferret this past friday. Her previous owners
> had been feeding her wiskas cat food or something like that. We have
> begun to switch her over to a Totally ferret/8 in 1 mix, allowing her
> to have a little of the cat food mixed in for the moment. She is
> somewhere between 2-3 yrs old and has never been taken to a vet. We
> will be remedying that asap, but our vet is on vacation. My concern
> is that since Saturday night, she has consistantly had diarrhea. Her
> behavior is fairlly normal, for being in a new house, and she is
> drinking quite a bit, and is eating (picking out her old food first
> then settling for the new stuff). I'm a fairly new ferret owner, she
> being our second, but I'm used to having any of the animals I bring
> home have diarrhea or loose stool, presumably from stress. However,
> this seems a little excessive, especially with this past one being
> very foammy and noisy. How long before this continued diarrhea
> becomes a problem, and we need to take some kind of steps?
> Thanks,
> J
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