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From: Pam Sessoms
Date: 2001-02-25 08:39:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] RE: Rimadyl

On Sun, 25 Feb 2001, Ulrike:-) wrote:
> I'm sure they did use Rimadyl... The vet put Rimadyl in the computer,
> the description is "Rimadyl Inj 20ml" and quantity was 0.16ml.

I think Rimadyl injectable is quite new and not approved everywhere -
sounds like it is in the UK. I'm pretty sure it's not on-label for
ferrets in any form, anywhere, but most things aren't. Here is a link to
an info sheet about the injectable form in New Zealand:

While I am certainly not qualified to comment on whether it was
appropriate in this case, I would like to sort of "stick up" for Rimadyl
in general. I know this isn't a dog list so I'll try to be brief. It has
a kind of bad reputation among some dog people and some folks have the
idea that it will make dogs drop dead, but I feel very strongly that when
used carefully, it can be a lifesaver. My mother has an old, arthritic
dog with many allergies and auto-immune problems. He's on a raw diet (one
bit of certain grains immobilizes him for days), many alternative
medications including glucosamine/chondroitin, and yes, Rimadyl. Without
the Rimadyl, he would have been put down years ago. With it, he's quite
happy and can run and play. The key seems to be to follow liver and
kidney values very carefully and to watch the animal closely.

Incidentally, I sure am enjoying this list and learning a ton!

Best wishes to all,

-Pam S.