Message Number: YG2909 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-24 15:31:00 UTC
Subject: Re: re:itching

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., jazmufsky@a... wrote:
> One last question for anyone on the list regarding Pedipred.
Mufasa, my gib
> with Prof. Colitis, is on one cc a day. I have tried to slowly
back it off,
> without success. He returns to the nasty, sometimes fresh bloody
poo. How
> long can I continue this dose without fear of side effects or
harming him?
> He has been on this med (and dose for that matter) since January
and although
> his poo is still runny, I have noticed no seediness and he has
gained at
> least half a pound and still gaining.

It is difficult to say how much pediapred is in your 1cc without
knowing the concentration. In generaly, ferrets are fairly steroid
resistance, and can tolerate steroids without developing side effects
far better than other domestic pets. However, as it doesn't seem
like you have much of an option, as whenever you back it off, he
breaks with colitis again (note to list: fresh bloody poo is
characteristic of proliferative colitis in ferrets.)

You would not expect to see seediness with colitis, as it is much
more closely associated with malabsorption in the small intestine,
rather than the large intestine.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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