Message Number: YG2720 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-18 20:10:00 UTC
Subject: Re: What's Chloramphenicol?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., AFERRETVET@c... wrote:
> Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic.
> It is used mostly for colitis in ferrets.
> Jerry Murray, DVM

I'l go one step further. CHPC is a bacteriostatic antibiotic which
is fairly difficult to get ahold of these days, due to problems which
it can cause in humans.

The only indeication for CHPC in ferrets is the disease proliferative
colitis, a rare, sporadic disease of yound male ferrets.
Proliferative colitis is better diagnosed by biopsy than by empiric
trial with CHPC. Using CHPC for any other disease in this species is
fairly useless.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, dVM