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From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2008-05-14 17:00:27 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Reaction to ear cleaner?

I don't think that a hazard (other than certain
mechanical ones like aspiration hazard and
intestinal cramping under certain conditions
can be taken for granted.

This topic is straying off-topic some. A few references
are listed below which show that there is a mix of
conclusions on this topic in general.

Any luck finding ferret-specific data? At this point
that seems to be what is needed because references for
other species can go 'round and 'round, and some
general things may apply but others very well may not.

As someone who has to use an ocular compound with
medicinal grade white mineral oil nightly and who
has an extremely careful ophthalmologist I suspect
that it pays to not assume that the medicinal grade
one is going to be as bad for certain specific uses,
and merely take a statement or non-inclusion to
mean that it has to be written about separately due
to differences. Nor does it appear that data all
support that this compound poses significant risks

Mineral oil in general:
which sounds pretty benign

There have recently been a number of studies with an
assortment of inhaled oil mists (popcorn-worker lung or
something similar for the name) showing lung damage
from a range of inhaled oily substances that can coat
lungs but I do not know if mineral oil has been studied on
that score, and there is human infant and toddler death data
due to aspirated food grade oils of multiple types given
to infants who are coughing or vomiting. Haven't included
them here.

Food grade level study in rats:

Without *****ferret specific data***** and with a mixed
bag of results in the resources this appears to be yet another
situation where for some uses it pays to use one's judgement and
hope for more info down the line.

As usual, the single best thing to do is to ask your
ferret vet!


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