Inflammatory Bowel Disease – aka IBD – is caused by various problems, including food allergies, viral infections or immune disorders.
Symptoms can include:
- Weight loss
- Lusterless coat
- Grainy poop
When the lining of the intestines get inflamed, it can cause decreased absorption of food and water and this results in a diarrhea which looks soft and grainy.
Older ferrets may need anti-inflammatory medication from the vet to fix the problem.
You can read more on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Ferrets here …
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Chronic Diarrhea In Your Ferret by Ron Hines DVM PhD
Ferrets: Gastrointestinal Disease by Susan Brown, DVM; Katrina D Ramsell, DVM (VeterinaryPartner VIN)
Gastrointestinal Disease in Ferrets (Pet Care Veterinary Hospital)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Ferrets (WagWalking.com)
Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) in Ferrets by Katt Crouch (Holistic Ferret Forum)
I’ve put up a couple of pdfs from the American Ferret Association which might be of interest, so please feel free to download the ones you want…
An Enigma Wrapped in a Mystery – Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Bruce Williams, DVM DACVP (AFA) — Download Here
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Ferret by Mark E Burgess, DVM (AFA) — Download Here
(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.