Message Number: YG218 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-02-25 17:34:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Medications

In a message dated 2/25/01 9:20:15 PM Eastern Standard Time,
williams@e... writes:

<< Theophylline is a prolonged release bronchodilator, which is
occasionally used in ferrets with cardiomyopathy resulting in left
heart failure and chronic lung disease. I have not used it much in
CMP, but have had some success with it in ferrets with bronchitis.

I need to get some more information on liquid Enacard. This drug is
sold in tablet form, and the last time I checked, compounded liquid
formulations were only good for 24 hours. Did you have yours
compounded at a pharmacy, or is there a new formulation on the market? >>

Garrett was a ferret falling apart - at 3.5, he was diagnosed with insulinoma
- our vet did a partial pancreototomy in which they removed as much
pancreatic tissue as they felt comfortable with - he had many nodules
throughout the pancreas. He was then diagnosed with adrenal gland disease,
cardiomyopathy, athsma, some unknown allergies (I thought they were seasonal)
and finally, an allergic reaction to isoflurane. He lived with all these
conditions for more than a year..he died two weeks before his 6th
birthday..the theophylline was to help him breathe - we also had sub-q shots
of breathin when he had bad spells. I firmly believe that the reason that
Garrett hung around so long was due to the fact that he liked his meds -
looked forward to most of them. The only one he despised was proglycem.

The enacard was refrigerated and as far as I know, mixed at the clinic - it
was typically a 30-day prescription, so I can't imagine it losing potency
after only 24 hours. You are aware of my vets, Dr. Williams - they speak very
highly of you and I am sure that they will provide you with what they used to
make the suspension.

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"