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From: alicia ferretlady drakiotes
Date: 2006-01-10 03:37:33 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Serious help with coccidia - threatning to close shelter!

You DO Have a problem Nancui-

What you cannot think of doing is giving albon indiscriminantly every day-- you will shut down kidneys left & right and lose those ferrets!

You need to keep clean ferrets segrgated.. no common play areas .. need to retest all abnormal stools and any ferrets that start looking puny

Liquid albon is the tops but you need to dose BY WEIGHT on each individual animal. That MAY mean weighing them each day and preparing indivcidual doses.

We were forced to do this i 1997 when a sick ferret brought this to our shelter. Our vet at the time was DYNAMITE sending home the formula for weight which we managed daily with the help of a clipboard etc to administer each dose for 14 days. each ferret ( the first does is always double the coninuing doeses (top loaded) .

Albon will cause permanent kidney damage if given for too long a duration.

If you have no clculated tjhe correct doise by weight it is possible you beat back the coccidia and it manifests again-- in a more virulent form. Kills off weaker first leaves strongest to return - much like bacterial infections which are not fully cured with antibiotics.

The worst part is that if you are placing sick animals into homes and infefting more you can be paying a lot of unexpected vet bills to keep peace... or else the state could shut you down.

You need to talk to your vet-- quaratine the shelter - none in none out for 30 days and get everyone weighed.. calculate and maybe borrow a GOOD ACCURATE scale for 14 days!

Alicia D. wrote:
Again, LOOOOONG story short: over Thanksgiving, we finally had clear stool checks on everyone in our home/shelter, including many critters who'd then been through the 21 day course of Albon up to 4 times. YAY, we thought!!! I've been adopting out kids ever since; perhaps about 20 in all. To date no reported problems except one little gal. I sent her to her new home on December 3. For the last two days she's been a bit off and puny. Symptoms say insulinoma; off she goes to the vet. While there, she gives a fresh poopie - which is FULL o' coccidia!!!

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