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From: Karen McMurray
Date: 2001-03-04 09:33:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Poop chart

Mike Janke wrote:
> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Edward Lipinski <elipinski@j...>
> wrote:
> > Yo Mike! (And others) Do you have any information on the black
> > tarry feces characteristic of coccidiosis?
> Thankfully, I have absolutely no experience with this parasite and
> will have to defer the question to others more knowledgeable in this
> area.
> > Can you (anybody) find out why black tarry feces is most always a
> > precourser to ferret death?
> I don't know that to be the case. I'm sure we will hear from plenty
> of people who have experienced tarry stools from their ferret(me for
> one) and whose ferret has not died.

I had a ferret on Baytril for about a month to clear up a stubborn foot
inflammation. The Baytril apparently upset her stomach enough that she sometimes
didn't eat well, but we were getting ferretvite into her (to take the taste of
the Baytril out of her mouth and make her hate us less for giving it to her in
the first place).

I started to notice very occasional "tarry" looking poops. I suspect that what I
was seeing was ferretvite coming back out on days when she wasn't eating much
kibble and wasn't even digesting the ferretvite well. Is that a reasonable

She's now eating well again and has put on considerable weight and muscle over
the winter. The affected paw seems fine, although the claws are still not
completely normal. I've been following the discussion of Cleo's problems with


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