Message Number: SG16349 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2006-01-07 22:20:19 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] RE: new problem?

Well, all that I can say is that I haven't heard of one.

Many years ago there was an especially nasty coccidia mutant (hard to catch but almost invariably fatal once contracted, with huge simultaneous blooms) and people organized over the internet to stop its spread by halting ferrets moving into or out of affected locations, while it was discovered what it was (Bruce Williams) and then while it was treated. That coccidia strain died out long ago as a result of such careful and cooperative care. That caused those sort of symptoms you mention and more, but so can a pile of other things from giardia to IBD to ulcers to colitis to...

I think that it would be best for you to try to find out more. Please, send me the treating vet's name and location privately and I will follow-up that way, too.

Usually when someone speaks of new illness it turns out to be some sort of confusion on the client's part rather than anything new. I figure that is fortunate.

Find out, too, what testing has been done, and if pathology was done, etc. Try to get a path report if possible, please.

Author wrote:
> I noticed on a ferret community on live journal that I read that someone had a fuzzie die from sudden rectal bleeding. The ferret was apparently in a lot of pain as well. This person said later that the vet had told her that there was a "new disease" in ferrets that caused this. What on earth? Is there something else out there?

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