Date: 2002-10-29 03:12:55 UTC
Subject: RE: Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) poisoning
The progress is due mainly to the amount given - but it usually takes 24 hours or more, and it is not pretty. Tylenol is a hepatotoxin in ferrets, cats, and most other pet species (and is not the safest drug for humans).
The terminal drop in body temperature is a sign of shock, not of the effects of the drug.
If this owner succeeded in administering tylenol, they likely succeeding in killing their ferret.
With kindest regards,
> Does anybody know how Paracetamol/ Acetaminophen poisoning would progress in
> a ferret and how quickly it would/ could kill the ferret? Could it cause a
> drop in body temperature to the point where the temperature is below normal
> values? Fast heart rate, difficulty breathing, very depressed and lethargic
> ferret. Very smelly diarrhoea. No vomiting though. The owner tried to
> give the ferret paracetamol, I don't know if she succeeded so I asked her
> again but the ferret was very sick and died at the vets.