Message Number: YG3579 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Steph
Date: 2001-05-15 06:27:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: vaccine question for the

I made a mistake. I also belong to a cat list and missed the
fact that it was about ferrets. I am sorry for any problems
which I might have caused. I do realize that the vaccination
site sarcoma is related to cats.
----- Original Message -----
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 12:22 AM
vets please

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Steph" <rumtum99@s...>

> My understanding that they are given in the hind leg, so
that if
there is any sign of cancer due to the vaccine the whole leg
can be

that may be the rationale that is in favor with vaccinating
today. Cats have a rare but tragic ability to develop
malignant neoplasms at the site of vaccination - this
developed in the early 1990's and we still don't really know
Because of the malignant nature of these tumors, amputation
usually required. Current thinking is that intramuscular
may actually be more protective.

In ferrets, however, this same reaction has not been seen
one has been reported in the literature), so the question is

generally not applicable. In ferrets, injection into the
muscle may
be associated with more pain, but due to the more vascular
nature of
the area, absorption is better, and the chance of a reaction
is less.

The scruff is a site of subcutnaeous vaccination, and has a
chance of poor absorption and formation of a local
nodule. However, it doesn't hurt as much, it is easier to
the ferret, and there is a diminished chance of hitting a
nerve (the
hind leg has a large sciatic nerve which if hit, may result
significant loss of function in the leg.)

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
Join the Ferret Health List at

To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
To post to the Ferret Health List send an email to:

The advice and opinions expressed in this forum are by no
means a substitute for prompt, hands-on care, from a
licensed, practicing veterinarian.

Members may attach files to their posts. If you choose to
download these files you may be putting yourself at risk for
a computer virus. We will not be responsible for files sent
by members through the list. Please update your antivirus
software or view photographs at the website without
downloading attachments if you are concerned about a virus.

Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of