From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-07-24 19:48:25 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] hmmm, a cause of hypoglycemia and more...
To: fhl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For the fun of it I decided to see if Quackwatch has any veterinary products since there are certainly veterinary product scams just as there are human medical product scams.
Now, veterinary claims are NOT the focus of Quackwatch so there are only a few (23) but looking at them gives a feeling for some false claims.
This one is a classic since the "expert" turns out to be someone who didn't even exist as per note in:
which says in part:
> A call was placed to the Department of Veterinary Medicine on January 2, 1997, to personally request those references from Dr. Daniloff. The personnel department and the secretary of the Department of Veterinary Medicine both stated they had no record of such a person on their staff.
and I am putting that one in here for another reason: if anyone tries to encourage people to use Hydrazine sulfate (HS) it is very important to know that it can cause hypoglycemia which itself can be dangerous, and might look like insulinoma or on of the pancreatic malignancies may have developed. A number of medical scams come with risks.
See if this works as a direct URL:
If it does not go to
and just put
in the search box and search for that.
This report from earlier this year goes back to a scam that was used in the 1880s through 1930s which is being revived for people who have not been around long enough to know the scam history. A friend of Steve's actually collects the antique pieces used in medical and veterinary scams:
There is a piece on collodial silver risks in there, too. If you look in the FHL Archives or in PubMed you will notice that the use of colloidal silver and colloidal gold have now been connected to a form of dilative cardiomyopathy in a non-ferrets which was reversed with the right treatments: within two months by a course of dimercaprol (Akorn Inc, USA) (British antiLewisite) and vitamin E, so that OTC use is something that vets might want to ask clients about when a ferret presents with cardiomyopathy just in case the same risk might exist for them.
Sukie (not a vet)
Recommended ferret health links:
all ferret topics:
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