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From: "suedvm96"
Date: 2011-02-12 20:25:03 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: pedipred and metacam

The 2 should not be given together. Metacam is an NSAID and the pred is a steroid, both have similar effects and giving both could tear up the gut. This is one problem in ferrets when trying to add something for pain in insulinoma ferrets. I would check with your vet about having something like tramadol or Buprenex compounded for you. These are for pain and can cause drowsiness in the begining but without the side effects of the above mix. I love metacam just not mixed with pred.

I would also talk to your vet about using Propecia if the prostate is still enlarged to see if you can reduce it further and thereby making him more comfortable.

Lastly if you have anyone in the area that does cold laser treatments on pets it is wonderful for all forms of inflammation and pain. It is noninvasive and the results we get are phenomenal. Our clinic uses the Companion Class IV laser. Just thought I would mention.

Hope that helps and good luck.

Dr. Sue
TLC First Animal Hospital
Chicago, IL 60631

--- In, "jms" <jazmufsky@...> wrote:
> I have a seven year old ferret with insulinoma. Fang has had problems with a swollen prostate both before and after his adrenal surgery a couple of years ago. It swelled a lot recently and the deslorin implant (given a couple of months ago) reduced it but did not reduce it enough to help with the pain of urination. He also had an old leg injury which caused him to favor one of his back legs over the other prior to the insulinoma diagnosis. With the hind end weakness caused by the insulinoma it is making it difficult and I suspect painful to walk normally.
> My vet and I feel some pain meds will help both issues. He is on .4 of Carafate a half hour prior to Diazoxide. I wait a bit to give the Pedipred and it is given with food.
> My vet has given me Metacam. I have read there are problems with giving Metacam and pedipred. Is it because of the possibility of an ulcer or is there an actual drug interaction with one a steroid and the other a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory? If it is an ulcer that is the cause for worry, can I give it a half hour after the carafate and then the diazoxide immediately following? Thank you.
> Trish


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