Message Number: FHL8699 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2009-04-20 19:41:46 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Aspirin dose

Hi, I just looked in Ferrets,Rabbits and Rodents, page 394, says Aspirin
dose is 200 mg/kg q 12h:po This seems way too high.Is this a misprint?

[Page 441 of the second edition says for
acetylsalicylic acid for ferrets 0.5 - 22 mg/kg
PO q 8-24 h. Do know, though, that in some
ferrets even a safe amount can cause bleeding.

I have a 41/2 year old overweight ferret who was fine yesterday afternoon
for playtime. I found her sleeping in the Marshall mini mansion downstairs
and put her back up to her room. when I opened the gate to the ferret room
a few hours later I saw her come down 2 flights of stairs and when she got
to the bottom her right year leg seems to not hold up her weight and she
is hopping and limping. I have a vet appt for her tomorrow,but I was
wondering if I should give her an y aspirin or pred.

[It is best to ask for a callback from the treating
vet. Never give anything without prior approval of
the treating vet. -- Mod]

I don't see any deformity,her
right foot may be a little swollen on top,hard to tell. The only thing I
can think of is she may have caught it or twisted while climbing into the
cage. She is a little on the chubby side and not that agile. I lost a ferret
to spinal lymphoma back in February and her first symptom was a limp on one
hind leg,so I'm panicking.
Thanks, debbie


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