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From: "Jeff"
Date: 2010-09-01 04:33:16 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Bio-Sponge Intestinal Absorbent
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The University study that the website alludes to is here:

It's Ontario Veterinary College, and it concludes that this stuff REALLY works to absorb toxins... in horses. I'm wondering if any vets are familiar enough with di-tri-octahedral smectite to know if it's safe for ferrets, and what the dosage might be. Apparently it's safe for cats and dogs, as it's sold as the Bio Sponge

This other abstract determines that it had a significant impact in reducing diarrhea in horses with intestinal disease associated with colic.

Vet J. 2009 Nov;182(2):210-4. Epub 2008 Dec 20.

Hassel DM, Smith PA, Nieto JE, Beldomenico P, Spier SJ.

Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a commercially available di-tri-octahedral (DTO) smectite product on clinical signs and prevalence of post-operative diarrhea in horses with colic associated with disease of the large intestine. Sixty-seven horses with surgical disease of the large intestine were randomly assigned to be treated with DTO smectite (n=37; 0.5 kg via nasogastric intubation every 24 h for 3 days post-operatively) or a placebo (n=30). The effect of treatment on fecal scores and clinical and hematological parameters, including heart rate, mucous membrane color, temperature, total white blood cell count, total neutrophil count and total plasma protein values, were determined. Horses treated with DTO smectite had a significant reduction in the prevalence of post-operative diarrhea (10.8%), compared with controls (41.4%). A significant improvement in mucous membrane color was observed 72 h post-operatively in horses receiving treatment, compared with
placebo. Administration of DTO smectite to colic patients with disease of the large intestine reduced the occurrence of diarrhea in the early post-operative period.


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Caring for Luna, Morphy, Baby Girl, Dozer, Pop, Sabrina, and Minnie Mouse

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