Message Number: SG5771 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2003-08-14 03:17:08 UTC
Subject: RE: mucus poops in ferret
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Dear Brenda:

The symptoms and age of this ferret are not truly suggestive of Helicobacte=
r. While Helicobacter can rarely cause some loose stools, the duration and=
mucusy consistency of these stools really do not fit the clinical picture =
of Helicobacter.

The idea of a biopsy is a very good one, especially in cases of chronic dia=
rrhea. However, I wuold suggest the small intestine as the source of the p=
roblem and the most likely site of the biopsy. Large intestinal disease mo=
st often results in frequent painful defecations and a lot of straining, ra=
hter than birdseedy poops.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, DVM

Author wrote:
> I hope someone can help, I'm getting frustrated. I have a not quite 2 yea=
r old panda blaze, named Rocky, that has had problems with mucus/very water=
y stools for about as long as I can remember. He is eating a mix of Totally=
Ferret, Zupreem, and Purina Kitten Chow, (only b/c one of my other ferrets=
has to have the kitten chow in it, or he will not eat any of it). Rocky's=
poops have been very seedy looking, which I know suggests IBD, and he has =
seen our vet several times for it. This morning, I noticed one of his poops=
was very watery and reddish tinged, so I took a sample of it into a 1cc TB=
syringe, and noticed it also had mucus in it, clear in color. Took him in =
to the vet this am, a fecal was done which was negative, and the vet diagno=
sed him with heliobacter gastritis. Was given amoxicillen and metronidazole=
to give him for the next 2 weeks, if it has not cleared up, then the vet i=
s talking a biopsy of the large intestine to see if it is in the large bowe=
l instead of the small bowel. Rocky is deaf, and has the Waardenburg's mark=
ings. I can recall reading about ferrets with WS being prone to a host of o=
ther diseases, but can't remember where I read it. I'm wanting to say Dr. W=
illiams had posted something on it. Is there a list somewhere that I can ch=
eck to see what other things Rocky may have wrong with him? I'm no way goin=
g to give him up or anything like that, I just want to know what to keep a =
careful eye out for.
> Thanks, Brenda S sorry for being so long winded
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