Message Number: YG2896 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-24 08:18:00 UTC
Subject: Re: vaccine reaction

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., coyote@m... wrote:
> Hello Dr. Purcell.
> Obviously, you're looking for an answer from the other vets on this
> list, so I hope you do not mind my quick reply. I am not a vet, nor
> shelter; just a ferret owner. However, I have seen an odd (to me)
> vaccine reaction that rang a bell here. I had one of my late-neuter
> males react to a distemper vaccine in the classic hay-fever type
> His eyes became red, puffy and watery. (He was given an
> as well as the standard vaccine reaction procedure and recovered
> completely.) Could your ferret patient perhaps have a blocked tear
> duct? It's just a thought that occurred to me.
> Best of luck helping this little girl.
> Anastasia Kidd

i was just about to post a nearly identical message! ok, so i
operate a shelter...anyway, my clyde had a similiar reaction: only
one eye swelled up like crazy after the shot. when we went to look
at it - POOF! out shot a stream of clear liquid. my poor friend
thought she had blown his little eyeball right out! no matter in the
fluid and his eyeball was still there...we speculated afterward that
it was a tear duct that had blocked up and however she touched it
seemed to clear that right up! :) so a blocked tear duct could
happen after a this case??? you mentioned the lump was
over his nose...clyde's swelling was encircling the eye with no
swelling over the nose at all, but since i don't know how far into
the face those tear ducts go, i thought i would mention this as well!

> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Karen Purcell, DVM" <drkaren@w...>
> wrote:
> > Hey folks,
> >
> > My turn to ask a medical question. I have a ferret patient with
> an
> > odd vaccine reaction. She developed a soft lump over the bridge
> of
> > her nose within 10 minutes of her distemper vaccine (Fervac). It
> is
> > non-painful, not itchy, and has not responded to any
> > treatment. As she had no other signs of a problem (no diarrhea,
> > vomiting or breathing trouble), steroids were not used. However,
> she
> > has now had this mass for 3 months with no change. Has anyone
> a
> > reaction like this? United Vaccine had no answers for me when I
> > contacted them on this case.
> > Thanks for any insight,
> >
> > -Dr. Karen
> > drkaren@w...