Date: 2008-05-04 20:23:14 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Coccidiosis and gastritis in Ethiopia -- need advice
Hello FHL --
Rico who seemed to make a spectacular recovery might now be taking a
downturn. I hope I am overreacting. However,
I missed a day of treatment yesterday, but didn't worry since this
round of treatment had been going on for 12 days, and most people
have advised 10 days; we have planned to do 14 days. Recently,
however, I read that we should keep it up for 21 days.
(a) Would a one-day lack of medication cause problems?
(b) Do you think the course should be longer than 10
days, especially if we have a particularly virulent
(2) The last two ferrets who died took a downturn just as I thought
they were certainly recovering. Even the first one who was so very
sick made a certain amount of recovery before going downhill.
Rico has a mild-diarrhea stool (normal color), and it seems to have
undigested food in it. Also Rico is less active.
But the thing I did not see with the other sick ferrets is that he
is eating a huge amount.
This eating is something he did a couple/few weeks before the first
ferret got sick and died -- he lost a lot of weight and ate
constantly but did not gain till a few/couple of weeks had passed.
(Sorry I dn't have the timeframes clearer -- those time is
uncomfortably elastic, looking back.)
We have wormed all the ferrets(, using the treatment used for
giardia. I'll ask our vet for the dosage).
Have you ever seen this heavy eating in connection w illness?
>From my posts, do you suspect any other illness?
- - -
I just read my initial post and see the moderator's inserted
questions. I'll pass this message along to our vet for answers on
the dosage questions.
As for tests, you've probably gathered that there are no animal
diagnostic labs here, but our vet got someone in a "human" facility
to test one stool last week. It came back completely negative,
though of course it was only one test of one sample.
Our vet deduced copccidia from the ferrets good reaction to the
sulfa Rxs and from the necropsies, which I described in other posts.
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