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From: Andrea
Date: 2011-09-13 02:48:19 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Food Allergy Diarrhea questions
To: Ferret Health <>

My boy Shane has on again/off again diarrhea issues.  He's been thru a number of fecals, cultures, and tests... and his vet believe we are dealing with some sort of food allergy.  I've tried numerous foods, and I *think* I'm coming to this conclusion:  that he is allergic to poultry. 

I'm thinking this because he does well on the canned EVO 95% beef.  If I add in any sort of turkey, duck, chicken... he gets the diarrhea.  Same goes with the dry kibble, anything with poultry in it, causes the diarrhea.  He is on a small amount of Pred, .30ml (1mg/ml), but we're trying to wean him off of it.  I think the Pred is also upsetting his belly a bit, as he prefers to sleep the majority of the time.  So I've given him Pepcid, which seems to help a bit, but it doesn't do anything to help soothe his intestines.  Carafate doesnt seem to help him much either.  I've tried 2 different versions of Kaolin-Pectin, oddly that also gives him diarrhea.  That I totally don't understand.

I also don't believe he's getting enough nutrition from just the canned Evo, so I'm trying to find him a totally poultry-free kibble.  Lots of different proteins, but chicken fat in it.  Or I find some without poultry, but it has the first (and usually the 3rd, 4th) ingredients as peas or some other vegetable protein... not the meat.  Does anyone know of a poultry-free, yet not so full of veggies (which is likely to cause him loose or diarrhea) kibble?

I really want to get him off the Pred as I think it is not making him feel good or making him nauseous.  He started being less active after he started the Pred.  No he doesn't have insulinoma either, he's also had his heart checked out too.  Any help is greatly appreciated, I really want my Shane to feel good and happy again.

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{Totally Ferret Turkey-Venison-Lamb Meal Formula is chicken-free and is considered hypoallergenic, however, there appears to be a shortage of this food, so you will need to check around. Here is one source:
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