Date: 2011-05-30 13:23:00 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: digestive tract
ALL ferrets are sensitive to stress! Stress can indeed induce stomach troubles because Helicobacter Mustelae endemic to most ferrets, start proliferating and can cause ulcers.
This means that whenever your ferret endures extraordinary stress he/she needs to be assessed by your vet and may be required to go on the Helicobacter protocol i.e., bland diet e.g. chicken baby food and/or A/D; carafate/sulcralfate and antibiotics (see link).
Stress will also exacerbate proliferative colitis, coccidia, IBD, etc.
Bottom line - ferrets are sensitive to changes in their environments as well as other stressors. This is not something they outgrow or get used to. Some ferrets are more sensitive than others. For some ferrets even visitors can be stressful.
You have to stick to the special diet, medications as prescribed by your vet until all is well and then SLOWLY start reintroducing kibble, a little at a time. And of course, eliminate or reduce things known to be stressful to your particular ferret ; )
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