Message Number: YG5913 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Danee DeVore
Date: 2001-07-29 14:59:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Helicobacter treatment

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Karen Purcell, DVM" <drkaren@w...>
> My basic in-clinic protocol is amoxi/biaxin/sucralfate. I will
> metoclopramide if the vomiting will not stop (which I actually
> suspect is an indicator of inflammatory bowel disease, underlying
> gastric ulceration

I have a question for the other vets, and would like to hear their
thinking on something.
In the last few months I was involved in treating one of my ferrets
for a gastric problem that unfortunately turned out to be more then
ulcers. However, the treatment the 2 vets I was consulting with
involved Amoxi drops and Pepto. Because at first we thought there
was a generalized infection, Baytril (injections, as the pills caused
vomiting) was used for 14 days, but we later switched to Flagyl.
During this time, someone (not a vet) posted on the FML that they
thought Pepto should not be used when ulcers are suspected, because
Pepto contains a blood thinner.
I discussed this with my vets, and they explained their reasons for
preferring Pepto. However, when it became difficult to administer
the Pepto, they did have me switch to Carafate. We also discussed
using Biaxin rather then Flagyl, but since I was using the pill form,
and was not having a problem admistering it, we stayed with the
So, what I would like to know is, what some of the different vets
prefer, and why. My understanding, so far, is that either treatment
is correct, and that there are just some pros and cons to each one.
I am curious to hear other opinions, for future reference.