Helicobacter in ferrets can cause similar symptoms to proliferative colitis.
You’ll notice that the symptoms can resemble those for gastric ulcers, as well.
- Lack of appetite
- Loss of weight
- Grinding teeth
- Dark, tarry stools
Take your ferret to the vet immediately if he shows any of the above symptoms.
When your ferret is on medication, make sure that you give it a high calorie, digestible food supplement to get it over the first few days of treatment, until it starts to feel like eating again.
Make sure your ferret gets small but frequent meals over the day, so that it can get its strength back as quickly as possible.
You can read more on Helicobacter in Ferrets here …
Helicobacter Infection in Ferrets (The Modern Ferret)
Gastrointestinal Disease (Helicobacter Mustelae) in Ferrets (PetMD)
Helicobacter spp (VetBook)
Helicobacter mustelae Gastrointestinal Disease in Ferrets (WagWalker.com)
Helicobacter in Small Mammals by Christal Pollock, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice) (LafeberVet)
Ferret Gastric Ulcer / Helicobacter FAQ (Ferret FAQ)
(Last updated November 2019)
DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this page is not meant to replace seeing a veterinarian if you think your ferret is ill. It’s only meant to supply general information on a particular illness which was obtained either from personal experience with my sick ferrets, or from books and/or the Internet.