Message Number: YG132 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-02-24 20:40:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Rimadyl

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Ulrike:-\)" <ferretlove@n...> wrote:
> Hi everybody
> My ferret Jack had an infection in his nose not long ago and was
running a
> high temperature (106 degrees Fahrenheit/ 41 degrees Celsius). The
vet gave
> him antibiotics and something to bring his temperature down. He
had this 2
> days in a row. When I got my bill I had a look what drug was used
to bring
> the temperature down and the vet had given Jack Rimadyl. I am on a
> mailing lists and Rimadyl is given to dogs for pain I think and
> everybody is dead against Rimadyl, it has killed dogs who'd only
been on it
> for a few days or some dogs just about survived the liver failiure
that the
> Rimadyl caused. My question- is Rimadyl safe for use in ferrets?
I know
> Jack's only had 2 injections but if it can kill a dog after 4-5
> Best wishes from
> Ulrike
> and Jilly, Jack, Bella, Tom, Mason, Baby, Dana, Fox, Reno, Rose,

Dear Ulrike:

I've got to very much doubt that Rimadyl was used - I'm not familiar
with injectable forms of Rimadyl - I believe that it is sold only in
chwable tablet form. Unforatunately, I know nothing about it being
used in ferrets, and would probably strongly advise against it at
this point.

Sometimes bills are wrong - especially the computerized ones -
someone hits the wrong key, or can't find the right drug and hits one
that is for a drug that is the same price.

In these cases - it's always best just to ring up the vet and ask him
about it.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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