Date: 2011-04-23 10:32:29 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: grainy potty, dirreah
By 'parasites' do you mean coccidia??
It doesn't always show up in subsequent tests - several stool samples tests have to be done over a number of days to be sure.
Baytril doesn't treat coccidia if that is what it is.
Is he a Marshall's ferret or a Real Canadian Ferret (RCF)? The RCFs are predisposed to GI and chronic respiratory issues because of mycoplasma.
There are a variety of things that can cause chronic GI issues including coccidia, giardia, proliferative colitis, EGE, ECE, IBD, etc.
I had a ferret who had off and on again green mucous-like stools. We tried a variety of antibiotics and various treatments and nothing appeared to work for very long. She finally had an exploratory and a number of biopsies were taken. It turned out that she had eosinophilic granulomatous (EGE).
It was challenging to manage and included changing diet every several months as well as antibiotics and prednisolone. Eventually she was put on Imuran and that finally stabilized her until she developed another, unrelated heart condition.
Have you administered the Baytril as prescribed and finished the course? Seems odd that he's been on it 5 times in his short life??? One suspects that it may not be working. The question then becomes - is it the correct antibiotic for his illness or is it no longer effective because its not been taken as prescribed? Has another antibiotic been tried?
Here's some more links to articles by vets for you to read through:
All will give you an excellent overview!
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