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Date: 2011-12-03 20:11:52 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: coccidia

Just some more info on coccidia.
There are 2 types of coccidia. Isospora which is common in
dogs and cats and sometimes in ferrets. The other type is
Eimeria which is common in large animals such as sheep, goats,
swine, cattle, and horses. Eimeria is seen in rabbits, poultry and
sometimes in ferrets. As you can see ferrets can get both types of
coccidia. The good news is most vets that see ferrets also see rabbits,
so they are used to seeing both types of coccidia. Unfortunately ferrets
can have coccidia and only shed it occasionally. Thus it may not be
in every fecal sample, so it is good to check several fecal samples.
Treatment options include Albon, Trimethoprim/sulfa, or Marquis.
Marquis is a horse product (ponazuril by Bayer) that can be used if Albon
or Trimethoprim/sulfa does not work, and some vets are now using it as
their first choice for coccidia cases in ferrets, rabbits, dogs, and cats.
In shelters or homes with multiple ferrets, coccidia can cause serious
diarrhea and even death, and it is easy to spread (from the feces) from
one ferret to another. Thus it is important to treat cases of coccidia as
soon as possible to keep it from spreading throughout the shelter or home.
Hope that clears things up,
Jerry Murray, DVM</HTML>


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