Date: 2007-09-04 01:32:27 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Koda (was Re: Question on blood test)
Let's not forget that every ferret may respond differently to
medications and that it should be an individualized treatment plan.
The vet is the best source for these questions on dosage and
treatment. Monitoring the ferrets response, good and bad, and the
blood sugars are also important.
I have had ferrets on 1.5mg twice a day without issues, and another
where even small doses were poorly tolerated. I too lost one foster
ferret to GI bleed after upping the prednisilone dose due to constant
low sugars no matter what I tried. Looking back, perhaps it would not
have mattered, and I wonder how much stress from low blood sugar
episodes played a roll as well. Like a vicious cycle of nausea from
low sugar, ulcers causing pain, not eating well, and not wanting to be
fed- and then causing even more problems with low blood sugars.
Each case being individual, it may not have been only the prednisilone
leading to ulcers- and other things may factor into this one case.
However, ther are alternatives to oral prednisilone when stomach
ulcers limit the dosing. Getting dexamethasone injectable, or adding
Diazoxide. Also, these are not cures to the disease, so it can be
very frustrating when one does not respond well or has side effects to
It is good to know all the pros and cons, but actual dosing info and
treatment plans are best discussed with the vet.
> God, I'm afraid of that stuff. Bonnie was only on 0.8 ml of
> Pediapred BID when we had to put her to sleep. Her vet did a necropsey
> and said her stomache was a laticework of ulcers even though I was
> giving her Carafate and mixing her pred in a half jar of chicken baby
> food. I wish I had never gone above 0.5 ml.
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