From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-07-29 10:42:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] RE: Helicobacter treatment
Now that I'm catching up on the email, I can respond to this.
> Thank you for replying. I would welcome Dr. Purcell's comments on why
> her book recommends Amoxi, Biaxin, sucralfate and cimetidine. It could
> be that the program has changed since her book was published in 1999.
My basic in-clinic protocol is amoxi/biaxin/sucralfate. I will use
metoclopramide if the vomiting will not stop (which I actually
suspect is an indicator of inflammatory bowel disease, underlying the
gastric ulceration). I originally got this protocol from Dr. Dutton
in Weare, NH. He developed this from information in the human field.
I prefer this protocol because the ferrets are much more accepting
of the medicine than the original protocol with flagyl and pepto.
Discontinuing the stress on the ferret has to be part of treatment,
and force-feeding terribly bitter medications doesn't help with that.
I have had some ferrets vomit the sucralfate, at which point I
This, of course, is another section of the book due for a rewrite
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