Message Number: SG7273 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2004-01-05 03:52:19 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Digest 5 Jan 2004 03:23:24 -0000 Issue 547
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In a message dated 01/04/04 10:23:56 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Ulrike wrote:

My vet uses pre med for every operation, even castration. She gives
Atropine and Vetergesic before an operation and often Rimadyl after the
operation. Is all this necessary? Or are there better medications? In the
past, my hobs never got any injections when they were castrated, except for
a Baytril injection.

My answer:

I would consider the premed and the pain medication to be far more important
than an antibiotic shot if it's a fairly sterile surgery, as it should be. I
can't recall a time when I gave antibiotics with a normal spay or neuter.

Ulrike wrote:
Also, I had one ferret who had an adrenal operation
and she wasn't put on a drip but had fluid injected under the skin after the
operation. Another ferret was put on a drip when she had surgery for a
stomach blockage. Is it better to use a drip for all operations or is it
sufficient to inject some fluid under the skin?

My answer:

I have done both ways - in my experience, both work, but an IV drip is
certainly better for a debilitated ferret, such as one that has had a blockage and
been ill because of that.

Dr. Ruth
Find it. Fix it. And fly again.