I found one thread here that mentions almond oil is toxic to ferrets...Wedgewood Pharmacy uses “sweet almond oil” base for their compounded drugs. I don’t know which manufacturer they use yet (it may possibly also include BHT, which is a known carcinogen in animal studies)...but the “sweet almond oil” itself, is it toxic/harmful? Anyone have any insight? Thanks in advance.
So, if this comes up at all for anyone...Wedgewood Pharmacy *can* compound many drugs using “olive oil only”. It will receive a “bench test” which delays the process, and provides no efficacy studies. This was an arduous process to say the least, but I have my little one’s med made this way. (Diazoxide)
It’s the inactive ingredients of the carrier oils that were my concern. Especially for an insulinoma med, including sugar or a sugar substitute in literally *every* carrier oil?! That’s doubling the work load on the pancreas and I could not ok that. So...it IS possible to get literally olive-oil-like-what-you-buy-at-the-grocery-store... plus drug, but keep in mind that efficacy of the drug has not (and will not, they said) be studied.
I think it's critical to let your pharmacy know, if they don't ask directly, that your compounded meds are for a ferret. There are several ingredients that may be used in compounding for humans that are toxic for animals, and ferrets more than most. Some that come to mind are alcohol, sorbitol and other artificial sweeteners that break down to alcohol, NSAIDs other than Metacam, including naproxen/Aleve and ibuprofen/Advil, and Tylenol/acetaminophen. The Merck Vet Manual lists aspirin as a drug that can be given to ferrets, but I would be cautious unless you can find a proper dosage. I have a membership at Merck which helps, but their site has changed recently. Also, bismuth, as in Pepto Bismol used to be commonly recommended, but there is no longer a consensus.
Yes, definitely true. Wedgewood Pharmacy is a veterinary (only) compounding pharmacy, however. And a *lot* of people are actively giving their ferrets these compounded drugs which may be doing harm at the same time.
I don’t think people ask (at least, I know they generally don’t, given the amount of issue I had in this circumstance)...but I highly recommend digging deeper into carrier oils and inactive ingredients used in compounded veterinary meds, as the concern for palatability seems to be paramount.