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From: katharine
Date: 2001-09-02 11:38:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Vaccinations

Russ wrote:
<Just a thought, but 1 ml is a volume measurement
and tells you nothing
about how much medicine was actually given unless
it is accompanied by
the mg/ml of the solution. The diphenhydramine
bottle I bought has 12.5
mg per teaspoon. A teaspoon is 5 ml so 1 ml is .2
x 12.5 mg = 2.5 mg.
Dr. Purcell says 0.5 to 2.0 mg per kg so that is a
good stiff dose if
yours is the same strength.<

Sorry. I sometimes mistakenly assume that
everyone has been in on the same discussions over
the years that I have. I said that I use
Benadryl. All brand name Benadryl (and most
generics, I believe) is 12.5mg/teaspoon (5 ml).
If I am incorrect, please correct me. This
equates to 2.5 mg/ml. Dr. Williams has
recommended pre-dosing at 2 mg/kg (0.8 ml), the
high-end that Dr. Purcell recommends, but says
that 1 ml is just fine for most ferrets. I used
to use much less until he said that. I would make
adjustments for extremely small or extremely large
ferrets. Mine are all pretty average in size.

I just give one dose about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes
prior to the vaccinations. Some people give 1 ml
per day for 3 days prior, and then 1 ml on the day
of vaccinations, and 1 ml a day or two afterward.
In the scheme of things, my dosage is pretty low.
I have never seen any adverse reactions to it. My
vet doesn't seen the point in pre-medicating
several days in advance since the active
ingredients don't stay in the system for that