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From: "kelsey josine"
Date: 2010-04-24 19:10:47 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Mystery Poop Problem

Alright everyone I'll try to get to the point so this is short and sweet. I have 3 ferrets: Punk (male) is 4 and Shiza and Fergie (females) are both just over 1 year old. The problem started months ago. Shiza's poop is almost creepy healthy looking, but sometimes it smells rancid. But this post is mostly about Punk and Fergie. They started getting not quite diarrhea, but they had the bird seed poop and then kind of bubbly poop. I took them to the vet and they tested the fecal sample. We've been to the vet a couple times and had this done and each time the vet just said there was a lot of bacteria in the poop but nothing specifically that would cause the diarrhea. So we did medications and all that and it never helped.

So I decided to switch them to a different food as they were on Evo and I had heard some people were having problems with it. That was two months ago and the poop is still the same. All the ferrets are acting completely normal and have been this whole time. They're all eating and drinking normally and all have a ton of energy. They don't have sugary treats or anything like that. I currently have them on a mix of Dr.'s Foster and Smith Original and Zupreem. The mix they were on before was completely grain free, and still the poop is the same. I moved to a different city about 3 weeks ago so I'm going to make an appointment with the vet here. I posted a picture in an album I titled Fergie's Poop and it was taken this morning. Could someone take a look at it and tell me their opinion on its characteristics? This may sound strange but sometimes the poop is very obviously the bird seed poop, but more often it's what the picture looks like. It's almost this bubbly, gassy looking po
op. I just want others opinions on how to describe it to the vet and if it actually looks "bubbly". I read that gassy and bubbly looking poop can be a sign of eosinophilic enteritis. Also, sometimes the poop is much darker and it looks almost...piecey. Like there's pieces of poop all together instead of it being smooth.

Ok this wasn't short and sweet but I'm getting worried about this so if anyone can give me an advice or opinions I'd appreciate it, thanks!

[Photo of the feces:

For information see:
to learn about two of the most common ferret causes which can fit.

If your vet sees ferrets much then the vet will know about these, but
many vets don't have much ferret experience, so don't assume.

Look for vets people have used before and recommended:
are good places to begin

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