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Forms of Melatonin for Ferrets

Melatonin comes in different forms for treating adrenal gland problems in ferrets.

By Jerry Murray, DVM

Melatonin comes in three basic forms: tablets, liquid suspension and injectable implants. However, the tablets and liquid version are not FDA approved. They are classified as nutritional supplements and are not monitored by any government agency. All three forms are inexpensive.

Tablets are available over-the-counter in most drug stores, health stores and supermarkets. They normally come in either a 1-milligram or a 3-milligram size. The suggested dose is 1 to 3 milligrams once a day. These will need to be used daily.

Liquid versions are also available over-the-counter in most drug stores, health stores and supermarkets. The concentration varies from a quarter of a milligram all the way up to 2 1/2 milligrams per milliliter. Read the label to see how many milligrams per milliliter are in it. The suggested dose is 1 to 3 milligrams once a day. These will need to be used daily.

Implants are now available for use in ferrets. They are called ferretonin and are injected under the skin over the shoulder blades. They are a constant-release product that will last for three to four months. This is the easiest way to give melatonin to your ferret and may work even better than daily oral melatonin.


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Can melitonin be used on healthy ferrets. As a supplement. To keep them healthy
Tom, Newark, DE
Posted: 9/16/2011 6:12:27 AM
is it better to use the liquid or the tablets? I can see the tablets being hard to give to them..
jill, wpg, MB
Posted: 1/12/2010 11:11:20 AM
We rescued 5 ferrets and some had poor nutrition when they were young, Mego was very small for a boy ferret. After 2 weeks of 2 milligrams of melatonin everyday mixed with a tbl spoon water and s squirt of safflower oil, mix well and they love it. I get the cherry flavor. Mego is 2 years old and the difference even before 2 weeks was amazing, his coat was ruff and dull before. Now he is fluffy and has a beautifully soft coat, he also appears to have grown some more muscle as you could easily feel his rib cage before, he has also gained some weight. I know am starting to give all of my ferrets this every day, I am giving Jake 4 milligrams a day becuase he has cancer and I am hoping it will slow it down.
Bernie, Randolph, OH
Posted: 1/6/2009 11:36:01 AM
To the complainer above...do you comprehend? Dr. Murray uses the same sentence to CLARIFY directions for the specific type of melatonin which is the subject of each paragraph. Otherwise readers might not get the point that "tablets and liquid" must both be administered daily and their dosages are "1 to 3 milligrams once per day"!
Susan, Odessa, TX
Posted: 11/19/2008 11:12:58 AM
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