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From: "Patty Kaczorowski"
Date: 2011-04-14 16:09:17 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: cola syrup for ferrets?
To: <>

There is a product called "Emetrol" which is based on that the anti nausea
effect of the coke syrup is the high sugar content and acidity- theory is it
helps relax smooth muscles in the stomach. Emetrol has no caffeine.
However, it is a lot of carbs/sugar and would not sure in ferrets as we
don't' know how much is ok, and if ferret is older and has either known
medical problems or more likely with ferrets, something yet to be discovered
it would not be a good idea.

Has Zofran (Ondansetron) been used much in ferrets? It works great in
children and is FDA approved as young as 1 month old for prevention of
nausea after chemo- but in the last few years it is used all the time in the
ER for vomiting , has shown to be very effective and safe. It comes in a
liquid and oral dissolving tablet.

It would only be available from the vet , which makes me feel even better
because that would mean vet check before medicating. I am always worried
about owners trying to treat at home with home remedies or over the counter
stuff trying to avoid costs of vet visit. In ferrets this is not a good
idea, as vomiting can be from viral illness, to swallowed foreign body, to
ulcer, to even sign of blockage from cancer or hair ball,etc. They
dehydrate quickly, develop gastritis easily and so just always good idea to
start with vet check before giving any medications for vomiting.


From: [] On
Behalf Of Tressie
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:36 PM

I don't think ANY amount of caffeine is safe for ferrets. It is a known

Cola syrup's main ingredients are high fructose corn syrup and sucrose
(sugar). There is an organic brand that lists rice syrup as the main
ingredient - again very sweet! I am puzzled that it would help with nausea
although it does claim to. Perhaps its a psychologically beneficial effect
for those who regularly drink soda??? Speculating here.

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