Date: 2001-06-03 19:40:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Extendeded Prednisone use..and
I am pretty sure that long time useage of prednisone would effect
ferrets the same way that it affects humans, long term prednisone useage
does cause bone thinning and fracture/breakage worries.
Wendy Briggs wrote:
> My 7year old female..Zoey..has had insulinoma for 1 1/2 yrs now. Is
> doing very well on prednisone and proglycem. Fur is beautiful..poops
> fine...playful..and eating well. Now for my question. I too am on
> prednisone for extended time and my protocol that come with my
> prescription states extended use cause calcium to be
> leeched..therefore I am on medication to counteract this. Does this
> also apply to ferrets? Zoey has been on so long. and will be until
> she dies. Is calcium loss a problem for her therefore resulting in
> broken bones? Prednisone apparently also leeches potassium. Just
> wondering if I should be concerned about this for my lovey girl. Of
> course us hoomans can eat bananas and take calcium supplements like I
> do. thank you very much for any advicde. Wendy
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