Message Number: FHL9876 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2009-09-17 17:20:10 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: Pred

The liver needs to turn Prednisone into Prednisolone for the body to
utilize it. The means that for ferrets who have liver damage (even
hidden liver liver damage) more Prednisone is needed to have the same
effect as less Prednisolone. If there was no liver damage then either
one would be as effective. When there is a lot of liver damage then
Prednisone might as well be water but Prednisolone will work.

As far as I know, the conversion does no harm at all, but if a ferret
has to have large doses of Prednisone to get the same effect as
smaller doses of Prednisolone would have provided then the high doses
of Prednisone could be irritating to the stomach (and we all know that
some ferrets are prone to ulcers).

On Sep 16, 2009, at 11:59 PM, RisaD wrote:

> This is easier on the ferrets system. I believe it is because the
> liver does not need to break it down first, but I could be wrong on
> that exact reason.
> Risa

Sukie (not a vet)

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