Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis in Ferrets
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis in ferrets is one of the many gastrointestinal diseases that can cause inflammation and irritation of the intestinal and stomach mucous lining. If left untreated, it can lead to changes in the structure of the mucous lining, causing further distress to the ferret.
Symptoms and Types
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea (with or without mucous or blood)
- Thickened or puffy lymph nodes
- Changes in liver enzymes
- Swollen or enlarged spleen
Although no causes for eosinophilic gastroenteritis have been confirmed, some experts theorize that parasitic infections may be a factor, as well as immune-related issues or allergies.
To confirm the diagnosis, a veterinarian will employ various tests involving the ferret's stomach and intestinal lining to determine its thickness or identify erosions in the lining, often associated with this type of gastroenteritis. In addition, a biopsy of the affected area may be taken.