Message Number: YG6849 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-08-31 22:42:00 UTC
Subject: Re: IBD & Imuran


I'm not a vet.

Dr. Burgess suggested .3mg/kg every 24 hours (or .9mg/kg every 72
hours). My Imuran is compounded at 5mg/ml. For a 3.3 pound ferret,
that would be a dose of less than 0.1 cc when given daily or less
than 0.3 every third day.

You didn't specify Mufasa's weight, the compounding strength of the
Iumran, or how often you are giving the Imuran (daily?). That
information would help.

Could it be that the dosage of 0.5 is too high?


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., jazmufsky@a... wrote:
> I have posted here a few times about my four y/o Mufasa who was
> with IBD. Muf was doing great on .3cc every two days with the
pedipred. Muf
> was balding and regrew a gorgeous coat after I decreased his
pedipred from
> 1cc every day. He does eat strickly babyfood and does quite well
> his weight. My vet and I decided to try the new Imuran therapy for
him since
> it has less side effects.
> I noticed about the time I changed him over to .5cc of Imuran, that
he became
> unsteady on his feet. (BTW, he is negative for ADV). Now, whether
it was
> coincidental or not, I don't know. He does have mature bilateral
cats which
> are a recent development but were present before the change in
meds. Now,
> his eating has decreased, as well as his energy level, and I
suspect his IBD
> is really flaring up. He is dragging his face on the floor after
> "smacking his lips" (for lack of a better term) and his tummy
> something fierce as well as some slightly red stools. My vet and I
> puzzled and I have put him back on the pedipred at .4 every other
day until I
> can get him back down to the .3 every two days.
> My questions are these: Has anyone else experienced any of these
> with the Imuran? Any clues for the unsteadiness? Can I give any
pepcid or
> pepto in conjunction with the pedipred to help with his irritated
colon? Any
> insight or suggestions would be most welcome.
> Thank you,
> Trish