Drugs.xls

Drugs Used in Ferrets
Please note: While the below drugs are often used in treating ferrets for various ailments, the majority of use is off-label (not approved for
ferrets and/or approved indications).
Common Brand Name
Other Brand
Active Ingredient
Treatment
- Respiratory, genitourinary, enteric and soft tissue - Daily PO, IM or SCinfections- Coccidiosis - Once reconstituted must be refrigerated - Heliocobactor, using triple therapy of Metronidazole (Flagyl®), Amoxi and Pepto Bismol - Synthetic broad spectrum antibiotic for - Proliferative Colitis: q8h PO for 2 weeks proliferative colitis and/or susceptible anaerobic - Fluroquinolone effect against variety of bacterial - IM or IV 10-20 minutes prior to vaccine - Reduce allergic vaccine reactions when - Treatment and protection of oral, esophageal, - Forms paste like layer which binds around ulcer site(s), forming barrier protecting ulcer from further damage - Twice daily PO; may result in heart block - Dilated cardiomyopathy: Once to twice daily PO- Maintenance therapy: once to twice daily PO with elixir with blood level monitoring - Once a day PO until clinical signs resolve- For lifetime maintenance alternate one week drug, one week none Copyright 2000 - 2007 Ferret Universe (http://www.ferretuniverse.com). All rights reserved.
Drugs Used in Ferrets
Please note: While the below drugs are often used in treating ferrets for various ailments, the majority of use is off-label (not approved for
ferrets and/or approved indications).
Common Brand Name
Other Brand
Active Ingredient
Treatment
- Susceptible bacterial infections of skin and soft- - Once reconstituted must be refrigerated and used within 14 days - Given IM, and repeat in one week if necessary - Most effective 14 days after estrus onset - Quick acting and stronger then prednisone increased to daily if tolerated- Cardiomyopathy: once to every other day PO - Anaphylactic reactions and cardiac resuscitation - Rapid IM or SC for direct stimulation to - Relaxes smooth muscle in bronchi and iris, reversing effects of histamine, raises BG - Monitor: cardiac rhythm, respiration and BP - Anemia associated with chronic renal failure - 3 times a week IM, which can be decreased if RBC improves - Susceptible infections: 1~2 times a day PO- Very biter tasting, mask taste - Adrenal insufficiency after bilateral surgery - Acts on kidneys to conserve sodium and excrete creatinine every 1~2 weeks, then 3~4 long-potassium Copyright 2000 - 2007 Ferret Universe (http://www.ferretuniverse.com). All rights reserved.
Drugs Used in Ferrets
Please note: While the below drugs are often used in treating ferrets for various ailments, the majority of use is off-label (not approved for
ferrets and/or approved indications).
Common Brand Name
Other Brand
Active Ingredient
Treatment
Inderal®, Propranlol® Propranolol HCL - GI toxins (efficacy questionable, large amounts often needed) - Semi-synthetic cephalosporin antibiotic for - Diuretic for congestive cardiomyopathy and/or - Two to three times a day PO, IM or SC for long-term maintenance - Inhibits release of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and month depotFollicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) from pituitary gland- Reduces estrogen and androgen levels- No effect on the tumor itself unless possibly caught at the very early stages of disease - Second line treatment (after Lupron) for adrenal disease where surgery not performed or tumor not 2~3 times per week POfully removed - Have compounded into 50mg capsules (available only in 500mg) and mask tasteMonitoring: BUN, CBC/chemistry, liver enzymes, BG, electrolytes - Available in health food stores In tablet or oral formulas- Long-term use may decrease Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Diethylcarbamazine Citrate - Heartworm prevention - 2 times a day IM or SC to start, then adjust dosage- Monitor: Glucose Copyright 2000 - 2007 Ferret Universe (http://www.ferretuniverse.com). All rights reserved.
Drugs Used in Ferrets
Please note: While the below drugs are often used in treating ferrets for various ailments, the majority of use is off-label (not approved for
ferrets and/or approved indications).
Common Brand Name
Other Brand
Active Ingredient
Treatment
- Clean ear, apply a few drops.
- Repeat in 7 days.
necessary - Most effective 14 days after estrus onset Triamcinolone Acetonide - Prolapsed rectum - Heliocobactor, using triple therapy of -Heliocobactor: 3 times a day PO for 3-4 Metronidazole (Flagyl®), Amoxi and Pepto Bismol - Adrenal insufficiency after bilateral surgery - Acts on kidneys to conserve sodium and excrete - Monitoring: electrolytes, BUN and potassium creatinine every 1~2 weeks, then 3~4 long-term - Usually used in combination with prednisone when - Monitor: BG, CBC/Chemistry every 3~4 pred alone isn't effective - Cat kitten dosage (up to 10lbs) applied topically - Pain and inflammation of joints (arthritis) Copyright 2000 - 2007 Ferret Universe (http://www.ferretuniverse.com). All rights reserved.
Drugs Used in Ferrets
Please note: While the below drugs are often used in treating ferrets for various ailments, the majority of use is off-label (not approved for
ferrets and/or approved indications).
Common Brand Name
Other Brand
Active Ingredient
Treatment
- Adjunctive treatment insulinoma when other - Stress induced ulcers- Duodenal ulcers, gastritis, gastric reflux - Once a day PO, usually 25mg tab quartered Asmalix®, Elixomin®, Aminophylline - 2~3 drops per ear q12h for 10 days, stop PO By mouth/orally
IM Intramuscular
SC Subcutaneous
IV Intravenous
BG Blood Glucose
BP Blood Pressure
q#h Every # Hours
RBC Red Blood cells
Copyright 2000 - 2007 Ferret Universe (http://www.ferretuniverse.com). All rights reserved.

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