Message Number: YG1719 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-25 16:05:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Ferret Vaccines

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., erka2719@a... wrote:
> OK after reading the wealth of information here on the net I feel
> sheepish asking this question. I have a 3-4 year old ferret that
has gotten
> 2 sets of vaccines since i have had him both of the rabies vaccines
> imrab 3 but the distemper vaccine was duramune puppy vaccine
(dhp/p). I did
> not know that it was not approved for use in ferrets. Luckily I
have never
> had any problems related to the vaccine. My question is should I
have him
> revaccinated with fervac d and if so how long should I wait and
what protocal
> should i use?

Dear Erka:

It is not uncommon for ferrets to be vaccinated with off-label
vaccines (as Fervac has a significant reaction rate, this is becoming
more and more common.)

I would not revaccinate until he needs to get his annual booster,
then you may want to go with a vaccine which we know gives good
protection in ferrets (Fervac-D or Galaxy).

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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