Date: 2001-05-18 19:30:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] RE: ivermectin questions
Yes, ivermectin for treating ear mites is a good thing.
The dose range is 0.2mg/kg up to 0.5mg/kg. High doses
of ivermectin (1mg/kg) are apparently safe. This is given as
an SC injection that is repeated in 2-3 weeks. Some bad cases
may even require a third dose (after another 2-3 weeks). Yes, it can
be diluted with propylene glycol and put directly into the ears
(Acarexx ear drops). The bad thing about ear drops or ivomec into
the ears is it is hard to get into the ears because of the small
the ear canal. Yes, you can even give it orally, but it does taste
Thus the injection is usually the best way to go.
The heartworm preventive dose of ivermectin is lower. It is only
0.006mg/kg once a month. This is usually given orally.
Hope that clears up the confusion,
Jerry Murray, DVM