Message Number: YG669 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Christopher
Date: 2001-03-04 11:03:00 UTC
Subject: Coccidiosis (was Poop chart)

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Edward Lipinski <elipinski@j...>
> Do you have any information on the black tarry
> feces characteristic of coccidiosis?
> How should one know the difference between black tarry feces due to
> blood digestion and and the similarly appearing feces due to
> coccidiosis?

Is coccidiosis prevelant in ferrets? I know it can be a concern in
young kittens and puppies and in immunocompromised adult cats and
dogs. It can be a nightmare in birds, but I wasn't aware that it was
common in ferts. Is it the same as the dog/cat scenario, kits with no
exposure picking it up from a mother who's shedding it or the
immunocompromised fert picking it up from a healthy cagemate who's
shedding it? Or does it hit strong, healthy adults?

Can one of the vets tell us how often you are seeing it?