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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2008-07-27 01:04:17 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Orange pee, red poops

-A radical change in diet can create bloody stools. If everytime
your ferrets stay at your girlfriend's house they come back with
runny stools - then the common factor is something in the environment
at your girlfriend's house OR they are not being fed the same food
you are feeding them. Ferrets do not tolerate a lot of changes in
their diet in a short period of time.

I can't speak to the orange urine but the bloody stool can be helped
by putting him on a really bland diet i.e., baby food, chicken or
turkey, mixed with warm water every 4 hours. If you have some A/D,
Carnivore Care by Oxbow (powder) or Recovery formula you can mix some
into the baby food soup. He needs something that is easily digested,
nutritious and will not tax his already irritated bowels. And yup -
you wake him up and feed him every 4 hours until he's stable, a
little bit goes a long way. You don't have to force him to eat a lot.

Carafate half an hour or more before feeding should help to settle
things as well until you can get him into your vet. The emergency
clinic should be able to at least give him some Sub-Q hydration. You
may need to assist them by scruffing him high up so they can get it
in without him struggling.

Ferrets will go down hill very quickly if dehydrated. You say he's
getting fluids. What do you mean by that? Is he drinking on his
own, are you giving him water via eye dropper or syringe? Or have
you given him Sub-Q hydration yourself?

At 7 this is an elderly ferret and requires more hands on care and
watching, from now until he takes his last breath. He may have
missed you while you were gone and got into a funk, missed eating
and/or drinking. Doesn't take much, especially at that age, with
already compromised health, they go downhill quickly.

Good luck - keep us posted on his progress.



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