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Ferrets

Toxicosis overview

Contributor(s): Cathy Johnson-Delaney, Joerg Mayer

Introduction

  • A number of substances are potentially toxic to ferrets.
  • Cause: ingestions of a toxic substance.
  • Signs: depends on type of toxicosis, but they are often non-specific.
  • Diagnosis: serum testing.
  • Treatment: possible antidote; supportive care.
  • Prognosis: depends on type of toxicosis.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Ibuprofen toxicosis Ibuprofen toxicity has been documented in ferrets causing severe lethargy progressing to coma, apnea, and death.
  • Other toxicosis potentially include lead, chocolate, nicotine, bromethalin, narcotics, liquid potpourri, insecticides, etc.
  • Nervous system symptomatology would be similar to other animals.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Cathers T E, Isaza R & Oehme F (2000) Acute ibuprofen toxicosis in a ferret. J Am Vet Med Assoc 216 (9), 1426-1429 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Lewis W (2009) Ferrets: Nervous and Musculoskeletal Disorders. In: BSAVA Manual of Rodents and Ferrets. Eds: Keeble E & Meredith A. BSAVA, Quedgely, UK. pp 303-310.


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