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From: "innerharmony"
Date: 2010-09-01 03:17:09 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Bio-Sponge Intestinal Absorbent

I'm wondering if anyone has used this product, or knows if the active ingredient Di-Tri Octahedral Smectite is safe for ferrets.

Product description: Bio-Sponge is an intestinal protectant designed to help support healthy intestinal function. Bio-Sponge has substantial capacity to adsorb and absorb toxins, viruses, bacteria and free radicals. A university showed that Bio-Sponge adsorbed 99% of clostridium difficile and clostridium perfringenstoxins in vitro. Veterinarians using Bio-Spinge for nutritional support of Parvo and as a post-operative safeguard against bacterial complications.

In Memory of Neo, Trinity, Possum, Pip, Misty, Frodo, Baggins, and Mr. Parker
Caring for Luna, Morphy, Baby Girl, Dozer, Pop, Sabrina, and Minnie Mouse

[If their material says "a university" I'd worry. It SHOULD give the
article name, the researchers, the university, whether this company
funded the research, the qualifications of the researchers, and
which journal the article appeared in. It is also crediting the
product with doing a wide range of things, and that can be a red flag
so it is wise to look into it as you are.

Okay, it is apparently a clay including di-tri-octahedral smectite.

Using Google Scholar I find several references
but I am in a rush so some may be the same articles.
5 horse, 2 fish, 2 not in any animals, plus some
that simply seem to be using the phrase in a
different way.

So, next i tried
di-tri-octahedral smectite ferret
in PubMed
with no results.
You may be in virgin territory here.

If you just look up
di-tri-octahedral smectite
in Pubmed
you will find 3 equine abstracts and 2
lab ones.

-- Moderator]


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