My 4 1/2 year old jill who was recently diagnosed with insulinoma is taking her prednisolone in a cod fish liver oil suspension (because it was the only oil available at the compounding pharmacy). I give her 0.1 ml of the suspension twice a day. This oil is very rich in vitamin A and from what I read on this forum and elsewhere, it is not something to be given daily. My question is whether hypervitaminosis A is an issue in ferrets and if this volume is significant in the long term. I have spoken to the pharmacist and asked if they could try to get salmon oil which I think would be more appropriate but don’t know if they will be able to get it.
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Nov 7, 2020 8:47:07 GMT -5
Sounds like a good idea. just don't see why a pharmacy would have difficulty getting a thing like that--- it is not a scarce product.
I found this www.themodernferret.com/what-is-prednisolone-for-ferrets/ . They used ferretone and another place used corn oil for cats--not too good. Even this article says the bht in the ferretone is probably not the best thing to use for ferrets since they are proned to cancer. I do like the info in this article which says like feed your ferrets before or right after administering the drug and also the reason why the pill-form may not be the best thing.But it would be nice to ground it up and put it in some chicken baby food.
The baby food idea is a good one. 0.1mL BID is not a lot compared to A normal serving of salmon oil that may be 1 tsp. Early in my ferret career, I asked a vet about ferretone and Vit A overload, because I was using it to give pred. The vet said that the ferret would have to consume large amounts, as in a few tablespoons, per day to take in that much Vit A