Date: 2001-07-15 18:30:00 UTC
Subject: Massage and distemper vaccination
In a message dated 07/13/01 2:03:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
"Just an anecdotal thing here, with no scientific proof to it. I
noticed that ferrets who have the vaccine injection site massaged
for a couple of minutes after the vaccine is given are less likely
react. Any one else noticed this?"
and Susan replied:
I also do NOT "pre-medicate", never have, not once.... but I do
massage the area.... really only because I felt it made it more
In this time, between my own, kits and rescues... I have likely
least 300 vaccinations. I have never had a single allergic
Well, I usually don't premedicate and have a pretty low incidence of
reactions - I never thought about the fact that I tend to massage
sites in ferrets, because I do that with all my patients, as I agree
reduces any sting and distracts the animal from the vaccination
came to my attention accidentally while I was vaccinating my own
Fifteen of the sixteen that I was vaccinating were fine with the
lapped up their ferretone, got their vaccine and their back rub, and
problems. One of them (for some reason my Copper was being very,
that day) would not tolerate being touched at all - he reacted.
This made me
think, and I looked back through my records of reactions. The ones
reacted for me tend to be the stand-offish ferrets, the ones that
me messing with them. So now I tell the owners to massage, if the
won't let me do it. I've only had one reaction since, and it was
mild. I truly don't know if this means anything, but it only takes
of minutes to do, and if it does indeed reduce the reactions, I'll
it (at least until the new vaccine comes out!). And probably even
like I said, I pretty much always do.
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