Message Number: YG4084 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-28 17:21:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Allergy medications

Hi Kathy,
Actually Pheylpropanolamine (PPA) was the nasal
decongestion medication that was taking off the market
by the FDA. Sudafed (AKA pseudoepherine hydrochloride)
is the only one still on the market!
Please be careful if you give over the counter medications
to your ferrets. A lot of the allergy medications have a nasal
decongestion medication (pseudoephedrine) and/or a head
ache medication (tylenol/actetaminophen or ibuprofen) in them.
Tylenol can be fatal to ferrets (and cats)! Please only use plain
Benadryl without anything in it (just plain diphenhydramine).
Chlor-trimeton is another antihistamine, but again you want the
one without anything else (just plain chlorpheniramine) in it.
Yes, as Katherine pointed out some ferrets will suffer from
seasonal allergies (spring and fall) just like people with allergies
Plain Benadryl can be used for ferrets with allergies. Again make
sure it is just plain Benadryl and not a combination product. Like
wise if you are giving Benadryl before vaccines, make sure it is the

plain benadryl.
Hope that clears up the confusion,
Jerry Murray, DVM