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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2009-10-06 22:41:49 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: ferret with diarrhea

If his clostridium is antibiotic resistant it would make sense to run
a culture with antibiotic challenges.

If not, then perhaps he is actually getting reinfected by having
repeated exposures to the bacterium. Clostridium is spread through
fecal material, so there could be a carrier, or if he plays in soil
that could be the source from animal droppings, and if I recall right
it has also been encountered with some meats when under-cooked and
then left out.

Checking myself. Okay:
> Name of the Organism:
> Clostridium perfringens
> Clostridium perfringens is an anaerobic, Gram-positive, sporeforming
> rod (anaerobic means unable to grow in the presence of free oxygen).
> It is widely distributed in the environment and frequently occurs in
> the intestines of humans and many domestic and feral animals. Spores
> of the organism persist in soil, sediments, and areas subject to
> human or animal fecal pollution.

> 5. Associated Foods:
> In most instances, the actual cause of poisoning by C. perfringens
> is temperature abuse of prepared foods. Small numbers of the
> organisms are often present after cooking and multiply to food
> poisoning levels during cool down and storage of prepared foods.
> Meats, meat products, and gravy are the foods most frequently
> implicated.
> 6. Relative Frequency of Disease:
> Perfringens poisoning is one of the most commonly reported foodborne
> illnesses in the U.S. There were 1,162 cases in 1981, in 28 separate
> outbreaks. At least 10-20 outbreaks have been reported annually in
> the U.S. for the past 2 decades...

On Oct 6, 2009, at 6:18 PM, amy_seyler wrote:

> Felix saw a new vet on Friday, and once she checked his stool he was
> loaded once again with clostridium. He's back on metronidazole (joy,
> joy). She also prescribed plain pumpkin but I'm having a hard time
> convincing him to eat it. Any recommendations?
> Of course his poops are so much better. At least until the next
> outbreak.
> Amy

Sukie (not a vet)

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