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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2010-11-24 20:12:44 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Stopping a rumor in its tracks
To: fhl <>, Ferret Mailing List <ferret-l@LISTSERV.FERRETMAILINGLIST.ORG>

Tim from Melatek supplied all details, so now it should be completely
possible for that silly false rumor to end and ferrets who need
treatment won't go without due to an incorrect rumor based on someone
apparently wrongly thinking that "mink melatonin implant means "made
from mink" when those implants actually are for use in mink.

Here is what Tim sent:

> There are mink implants that are manufactured for the mink and fox
> industry
> and years ago a few of these implants were used on test ferrets to
> see for
> they indeed would assist in fighting Adrenal Disease. Once learning
> of this,
> Melatek worked with some of these veterinarians (i.e. Dr. Jerry
> Murray) and
> developed a more efficient and effect product to be used in the
> ferrets
> (Ferretonin). Melatek manufactures this product and insures the
> each unit
> is 100% safe and 100% sterile for use in with the ferrets.
> Ferretonin is not the same melatonin implant that is use in the mink
> world
> nor is it made from any mink hormones, that would not be ethical on
> Melatek's business mission. Melatek also manufactures Dermatonin
> for dogs,
> cats and other small animals which are a stronger more concentrated
> version
> of the Ferretonin implant.
> Melatek prides its self on providing the most safe and effective
> product to
> all small animals and has a Trademark for both Ferretonin and
> Dermatonin
> registered with the United States Government.
> Melatonin was/is sometimes developed from bovine and due to the mad
> cow
> disease issues we do not use that type of melatonin in our
> Ferretonin or
> Dermatonin Implants. Below is the Melatonin Material Safety Data
> sheet
> information and I can provide this in a full brief upon request.
> First the Melatonin is a chemical compound: CAS Registry Number
> 73-31-+4
> Chemical Formula is C13 H16 N2 O2
> The Substance : N-(2(5-methoxy-1H-indol-3-yl)ethyl)acetamide
> It contains no Impurities or contaminants.
> It is tested for any microbiological diseases and toxicity data.
> Ferretonin implants containing 5.4 mg. (11.8%) Melatonin ) are off-
> white in
> color and melatonin crystals, homogeneously dispersed in 22.3 silicone
> rubber elastomer, for subcutaneous implantation of male or female
> ferret.
> Dermatonin contains various amounts of melatonin per dose as per the
> dogs
> weight
> I hope this helps explain the issue at hand and please if you need
> more
> information or copies of the Certificate of Analysis or Material
> Safety Data
> sheet I will be glad to send you a copy.

My note:
Those wanting even more info will find that given a few days the
people at the customer service branch of Melatek come through with
what is needed:

So, something else to be grateful for this Thanksgiving beyond family,
friends here and elsewhere, and people discussing topics civilly to
help all: hard data on the implants and false rumor that is hopefully
now put to bed so that ferrets can be helped! Now, I have GOT to
catch up on my work for Thanksgiving!

Sukie (not a vet)

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"All hail the procrastinators for they shall rule the world tomorrow."
(2010, Steve Crandall)
On change for its own sake: "You can go really fast if you just jump
off the cliff."
(2010, Steve Crandall)


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