Message Number: SG18584 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2006-10-31 00:29:05 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] A discussion of drugs

I have looked through the archives and have not been able to find a discussion on the benefits and risks of some of the drugs we use almost daily. For example, when treating for insulinoma, I have used prednisone, dexamethosone, proglycem and prednisolone. I know that different vets prefer different protocols, but I would love to know why some are used in a certain order or over another.

I know that pred is cheaper than the others, and that the proglycem is specific to the insulinoma. Is it true that if we use pred first for this that we would cause the ferret to be resistant to its effects if needed later? And, why would we rush to the use of an agent like the Imuran - or are we rushing to it if we use it first? Is it overkill?

Is this an appropriate forum to ask for the vets on this list, as well as those of you with extensive experience as owners, to address the topic of various medications and their benefits, limitations, best use, etc? I know it can be a very large topic. I would just like to narrow it down to a few of the common conditions inferrets and why we do the things we do.

renee :)

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