The Type of Ferret Poop

Last Updated on April 28, 2021

So you notice your ferret has an unusual stool, and you are wondering what it means. Here is a quick reference guide to help you understand what could be going on. this of course is not a substitute for a veterinarian.

Black tarry poop

The first thing that comes to mind is a gastric ulcer. The black color of the stool is the result of the digestion of blood. The most commonplace for this to occur is the stomach. Ferrets with gastric ulcers have a significant amount of bleeding in the stomach that turns the stool black.

Green poop

Green colored stool is a very non-specific sign. It is a very common color noticed by many ferret owners. Most people want to assume that green stool means ECE, but that is not always true. Green poop just means that food is moving through the digestive system very fast. Ferret stool is usually brown in color, and when it turns grceen it is the end product of breakdown of old red blood cells. This pigment goes through a green stage called biliverdin before it becomes brown. The green stool can mean that the stool did not break down properly due to the fast digestive rate. The most common reasons for green poop are ECE, lymphoma, rapid food changes, or just about anything else. Always look at other signs along with the green poop.

Bloody poop

A small amount of fresh red blood (known as frank blood) in the stool is most likely from the large bowel or rectum. However, if you notice a large amount of blood in the stool it can be from the entire GI tract and could indicate massage hemorrhage. Your ferret could be in shock. This is a major emergency.

Birdseed poop

This looks like little pieces of birdseed within your ferret’s stool. It is most likely a sign of maldigestion or malabsorption. Many ferrets with ECE will have birdseed poop. However, it can be the non-specific sign and be seen with many small intestinal diseases. To explain further the birdseed pieces are usually undigested fat and starch. It is recommend that these ferrets be placed on a bland diet like chicken baby food.

Pencil thin poop

These stools are most likely found in ferrets with partial obstructions due to a foreign body.

Straining/no poop

Think Obstruction and Think Emergency!!!

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/pets/ferrets/index.html
  2. https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/AnimalShelter/care-guides/care-sheet-ferret.pdf