Message Number: YG5578 | New FHL Archives Search
From: rebecca klein
Date: 2001-07-16 22:24:00 UTC
Subject: giardia

The posts about ferrets and fish made me think of
the time that Rumpstein got Giardia. Let me tell
you ferret owners out there that haven't
experienced this, it was horrible. He was sick
and dehydrated, wouldn't eat, wouldn't play,
wouldn't drink. I took him to the vet and she
diagnosed immediately. She stated that it's most
likely that we tracked Giardia into our home on
our feet. Dr. Williams or other vets, is this
correct? That we can simply walk into a grocery
store and then bring it home on our shoes?
Anyway, he was on IV's for a couple of days,
still no change. I swear he was on his death bed
when I rushed him back to the vet and she IV'd
him again, then injected him with steroids to
help stimulate his appetite. It was just minutes
after we got home that he started eating like a
madman!! He was himself again in a few days. The
scary thing is that I had never met any other
ferret owners that have experienced this before.
Is Giardia in fact a feline ailment? Is this
something that will run it's course? What's the
best route for treatment? The antibiotics we gave
him seemed no help.

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