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From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-05-14 13:35:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Essiac & Electrolytes

1. I recently purchased Essiac from a health store, however,
I know it is sold somewhere in the U.S.A. by a ferret shelter.
I would like to know if there is any difference between the
two essiac(s) in strength and is it o.k. if I give the
recommended dosage when using the "human" essiac, if in fact
there is any difference. (recommended dosage: 1-2cc three
times a week in a 50/50 mix with A/D and water) I don't want
to have to be concerned about over detoxifying my fuzzies by

2. What is A/D? I see the term thrown around and have no
clue what this is.

3. I have been reading about Electrolytes (in duck soup) and
somewhere I read about someone giving them to their ferts in
their water every day. I have no idea what this is and where
can you buy it?

Tks, Nikki & the

Can't answer the first one, A/D is Science A/D diet made for
cats I guess, but used in ferrets who need a bland diet.
Gerbers baby food (chicken) will do. By adding electrolytes
they mean the pedialyte (kaolectrolyte,etc) it has potassium,
chloride, sodium added to make a solution similar to an IV of
5%dextrose and 1/3 normal saline plus 20mEq KCL/ liter
(maintenance fluid for a child). It is used to rehydrate a
dehydrated child by mouth, when IV is not an option, or to
avoid IV.. It can be used in ferrets who are
vomiting/diarrhea to keep them hydrated, not needed if the
ferret is not loosing fluids from diarrhea/vomiting. No need
to add to the water on a daily basis, and if the ferret has
any kidney problems would be careful with it, due to the