Message Number: YG186 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-02-25 15:15:00 UTC
Subject: vaccinations

Michelle, I think that it's okay for me to answer this one right from
_Ferrets for Dummies_ in which it says that United recommends weeks
8, 11, and 14, but some vets prefer weeks 8, 12, and 16. The IMRAB
rabies vaccine will be done after the 12th week according to what
that book relates of the manufacturer's preferences, but many vets
prefer to wait a few weeks after that to be sure that the age is as
old as it should be for the rabies vaccine.

The risk of a vaccine reaction is usually low for kits because they
have had very few exposures to the vaccines. These still can
sometimes occur, though, but it is rare in one so young. Talk with
your vet about pre-medicating with Benedryl Pediatric Elixir or with
injected Benedryl. After the shots do wait at the hospital for at
least 30 minutes. We typically hang around for at least 45 minutes.