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From: "dooknook"
Date: 2008-05-06 03:02:26 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Prescription warning

When we have a prescription filled, we trust our doctors, vets and
pharmacists are accurate. However, they can and do make mistakes
like all of us.

It's a very hard lesson at the expense of a little ferret that I did
not double check a label on a bottle of prednisolone and it resulted
in her death. The concentration was more than double what it should
have been and I did not realize it until a couple of kids had bg's
way too high. This was a refill, not a new prescription so I assumed
it was the same as the others had been. Fortunately the other kids
are all ok now but a couple had me very worried for a couple of
days. I don't remember where I first learned that adding canned
pumpkin can/will lower glucose but it helped. Sadly, insulin didn't
work for the little girl.

I hope everyone will realize it can and does happen so always double
check. It wouldn't be a bad idea when your doctor or vet writes a
prescription that we question exactly what is prescribed, what the mg
or ml is and the correct dosage.

Best to all and especially the little ones,
The Dook Nook


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