Message Number: YG3761 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-20 00:58:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Gentamician for a prolapsed rectum?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Amy and Jim Robbin" <amyjimr@m...>
> Hi folks. I have a elderly guy named Moose who has a prolapsed
rectum and Coccidia. Anyway my vet gave me some Otomax cream for his
hiney. This contains Gentamician which I searched in the archives
and only came across people using if ears...and that it wasn't for
use on ferrets.
> Has anyone else used this on a prolapsed rectum, it seems to be
helping somewhat.

I would have some concern in the use of this product on the inflamed
rectum of a ferret, due to the potential for absorption.
This is not a product that is marked for ferrets, who are uniquely
susceptible to gentamicin.

Otomax contains gentamicin (for bacteria), clotrimazole (for yeast)
and betamethasone (for inflammation.). However, there is no need for
the gentamicin or clotrimazole on a prolapsed rectum - it is likely
that the working ingredient is betamethasone in this case, and you
can probably do as well with a combination of 0.1% hydrocortisone
cream and Preparation H. There is no antibacterial or antifungal
requirement here.

It is also likely that once the coccidia has been controlled, and the
straining that accompanies the diarrhea, that the prolapse will
spontaneously correct.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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