It can be very effective in ferrets, it is also safe and another product with great results in diarrhea and intestinal ailments is Bio sponge. http://www.entirelypets.com/platbio15cc.html
It's been studied for humans as well.
This drug has been extensively studied on human and animal patients with diarrhea and the significant results have been impressive. For example:
Has been shown to make a significant reduction in the duration of diarrhea.
Smectite diminished the bacterial mucolysis and the destruction of the luminal surface membranes of the intestinal epithelium by pathogenic bacteria in rabbits
Reduce the frequency of diarrhea in children ages 3-24 months
Diarrhea resolved faster with the use of smectite versus placebo and at least as fast under smectite as under loperamide.
Tolerance of smectite has been found to be excellent as a result of the lack of any effect on intestinal motility.
Finally, in a recent study on smectites' effect on diarrhea as well as electrolyte absorption in human patients it was shown that Smectite had no impact on the adsorption of electrolytes and that Bio could be used together with Oral Rehydration Solution in children suffering from acute gastroenteritis with mild and moderate dehydration
it was originally developed for use in animals that had been in oil spills, etc. that might have ingested the oil/toxins.
It can also be safely given along with pumpkin.
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