Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My ferret is eating more but pooping less. What could be the problem?

I have a 9 month old ferret, Gizmo. We have been battling sickness with him for the past 3 weeks. His story is:

Gizmo eating habits didnt change but he was loosing weight. Three weeks ago we decided to take him to the vet because of the weight loss and he was less active. The doctor didn't find anything wrong with him. We brought in a stool sample and it came up negative for worms. He was put on amoxicillin to find a possible bacterial infection. He was also prescribed a medicine that is comparable to pepcid-ac for humans to settle his stomach if it was a stomach problem.

We brought him in a week later for a check up and and doctor found a lump in his stomach that was painful to Giz when pushed on. He took an x-ray and it came up inconclusive. There was an air pocket below his spleen but nothing could be told from that. He was put on prednisone to try to decrease the inflammation. As this point, Giz was on all three medicines.

We took him in this week to the vet. Same story... loss weight. Still eating well. Still lethargic. Doctor gave us A/D to feed him and we changed his ferret food. We also discontinued the amoxicillin and pepcid-ac. After taking him in Tuesday, I've noticed that his poop is getting darker and less. He also seems to be struggling to poop. He is still has a big appetite though and has been eating well. We gave him some Ferra-Lax to help move things through yesterday and this morning... poop still is small and dark.

So thats where we are now... any suggestions on what this could be? His next appointment isnt until Tuesday.

Answer on My ferret is eating more but pooping less. What could be the problem?

Do not give ferretlax. He is not constipated!!!! Ferrets rarely need this..

iF HE IS POOPING LESS, IT IS PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE BETTER QUALITY FOOD. FERRETS THAT EAT RAW HAVE 1/3 AS MUCH POOP AS THOSE WHO EAT KIBBLE

If his stool is dark and tarry looking he is bleeding internally. It could be lymphoma, ulcers, or IBD.(or something else)
Without the dark stool, I would think it was insulinoma.
How old is your ferret?
Has any bloodwork been done? CBC bloodsugar?
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