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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-03-23 19:08:51 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Preventing ferret poisonings by medicines

Page 2 of the article:

Page 2 of the article also includes what to do when a poisoning has happened or MIGHT have happened. We are personally familiar with the second because of one years ago drinking some water with detergent in it and called in for instructions. The charge is PER CASE rather than per call, so when the vet or owner needs follow-up info for the SAME poisoning case that further info has already been paid for.

This is not the more general pet poisoning article earlier but one specifically on poisoning by medications. I know that in recent years medication poisoning has been the most common form of poisoning of ferrets, often with OTC (over the counter) medications that people incorrectly assume are safe for ferrets because they are safe enough for humans. BTW, the allergy medication, Allegra, is very poisonous for ferrets and has just become an OTC (for less than I paid for the generic by prescription, actually). I know about the risk with Allegra because I look up which of my meds might be most risky for ferrets when I get meds, though I always remember that a human sized dose can make a med that would be safe enough in ferret sizes unsafe because of overdose. Many of the poisonings of ferrets that are called in to the poisoning centers involve over the counter pain medications.

Notice the instructions to collect the labels even if they are partial and those instructions are for any type of med: prescription, OTC, herbal, etc.

When plants have been ingested it is the same thing. Bring along any sample you can (even the entire plant). Not all house plants are safe and some are very UNsafe but you can find info on your plants at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website.

NEVER forget these words from that article:

> If your pet appears stable, do not wait for signs of trouble to appear. Call a veterinarian or a poison control center for advice. There may be a home antidote you can administer, or it may be important for your pet to get to a veterinarian immediately. Often, poisons can take time to damage the system, and acting quickly to counteract their effects can be life-saving.

Sukie (not a vet)

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