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Diarrhea in Ferrets

I am not a veterinarian and information expressed on this page are by no means a substitute for prompt, hands-on care, from a licensed, practicing veterinarian but the information below is from great vets.

Amforol liquid is a good choice for diarrhea. In a young ferret, ECE (a corona virus) is a good possibility for the cause of the diarrhea  Was the diarrhea green and mucoid?
Continue monitoring hydration and appetite. It is ok to use gatorade or pedialyte or Rebound or other elctrolyte rehydration products. Likewise
it is ok to use Hill's a/d or Gerbers baby food (chicken or turkey without rice)  to increase appetite and help with hydration. SQ fluids can also be used if needed. The decision of sedating or not sedating depends on the
activity level of the ferret. If he is weak and lethargic then sedation may not be needed, but masking him down with SEVO or Iso is recommended if he is active and not likely to hold still for the blood sampling.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM

Also, diarrhea can be caused by so many things - stress, helicobacter, IBD, etc. While you are trying to figure it out, one of the best things I have tried has been plain canned pumpkin, preferably mixed with equal parts duck soup or Bob C's chicken gravy. A ferret buddy who is into holistic medicine recommended it to me, and my vet gave it her blessing - said she had used it on dogs before. I have used it for years, on fuzzies recovering from ECE, one with IBD and assorted other GI problems. And even my fuzzies with insulinoma did well on it - didn't upset their blood sugar levels. Another ferret buddy had a ferret who would take it right off the spoon - loved it. (Don't get pumpkin pie mix, which contains sugar and spices, just plain canned pumpkin). I freeze it in small 2-4 oz containers and thaw as needed every 2-3 days ... from It can be so many things - stress, helicobacter, IBD, etc. While you are trying to figure it out, one of the best things I have tried has been plain canned pumpkin, preferably mixed with equal parts duck soup or Bob Church's chicken gravy. A ferret buddy who is into holistic medicine recommended it to me, and my vet gave it her blessing - said she had used it on dogs before. I have used it for years, on fuzzies recovering from ECE, one with IBD and assorted other GI problems. And even my fuzzies with insulinoma did well on it - didn't upset their blood sugar levels. Another ferret buddy had a ferret who would take it right off the spoon - loved it. (Don't get pumpkin pie mix, which contains sugar and spices, just plain canned pumpkin). I freeze it in small 2-4 oz containers and thaw as needed every 2-3 days ... from Joanne D'Amico

 

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