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In most cases, ferrets recover and respond well once their diet is adjusted and medication, including corticosteroids, is prescribed. Your veterinarian will recommend easily digestible foods that are high in protein. Typically, feeding is a trial and error process. Sometimes the food will need to be canned or pureed to assist with the digestion; other times ferrets do not respond at all because of their pain or discomfort.
Regular follow-up examinations are important to assess the long-term outcome for ferrets. Though most respond well to therapy, some ferrets will have a poor prognosis, especially those suffering from severe loss of appetite (anorexia). Therapeutic response, meanwhile, is on a case-by-case basis.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
A medical condition in which the small intestine and stomach become inflamed
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine