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From: "sukiedaviscrandall"
Date: 2009-09-21 17:49:05 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Diarrhea persists beyond meds etc

Pepto is not a great med choice usually. It has its
uses but also its cautions and problems.

It is given along with Amoxi and Metronidazole for
a synergistic effect from the bismuth when treating
for Helicobacter, so it is part of a grouping of meds
for that, but ferrets hate it so much that it often can
stress them badly. The combo is cheaper but more
stressful than the one based around Biaxin and
needs to be given much, much longer. Helicobacter
is thought to be a cause of ulcers.

Pepto also has laxative aspects.

If there may already be an ulcer then the liquid prep
of Carafate is needed, but that should be given at
a different time or day than other meds.

I second what was said by the moderator about
checking with the treating vet before using anything.
The interactions with meds can be dangerous or
sometimes can reduce the activity of the meds, and
some things can be poisonous for ferrets.

> (moderator's note: please check with your vet before
>adding any supplements or holistic medications in
>case ingredients interfere with something the ferret is
>already taking,etc. )

IBD is not really a diagnosis. It is catch-all that is
used when nothing else pans out, so treatments
that work vary extremely widely among ferrets,
and may also change over time.

Also, when checking for parasites it is essential that
a person makes sure that the right magnifications
(plural) were used when looking for coccidia because
one genus (that is very serious) is extremely small in
size and usually not looked for by vets or labs that
are mostly used to treating cats and dogs. Also, the
eggs do not shed all of the time so multiple specimens
are needed. It is not unusual to have to take 5 specimens
during bouts of diarrhea to spot coccidia types.


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