Understanding Epizootic Catarrhal Enteritis

Brief overview.

Sometimes mistaken for simple diarrhea, ECE is caused by a pathogen easily passed from ferret to ferret through direct or indirect contact. 

In-depth overview.

Sickness like ECE are why many vets and owners will stress the important of isolating new or ill ferrets. Epizootic Catarrhal Enteritis easily spreads to cage mates and resides in the ferret's gastrointestinal tract. Often diagnosed by diarrhea with a green color or a mucous coating.

Any ferret with diarrhea should have access to fresh clean water often and prompted to drink often, this is done easily by placing them in front of a new bowl of water or dipping your finger in water and lightly touching their mouth. It is critical after any interaction with the ferret you wash your hands to prevent the spread to other ferrets or recontamination of their environment.

Cronic diarrhea can cause damage to the lining of the ferret's digestive system which is responsible for absorbing nutrients from food. This may cause a ferret to become unhealthy as they need to eat much more to get the same amount of energy as a ferret with no damage. 

ECE can be treated by a vet and older ferrets may require it, but most young healthy ferrets will be able to fight it without treatment. Like many symptoms after a day or two of not resolving vet intervention is suggested.

In a study of ferrets with ECE, the  Coronavirus was also found.
source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

How to Treat Dehydration

Mild dehydration can be treated with unflavored Pedialyte (http://amzn.to/2paELzF

Excessive dehydration requires medical attention.