Message Number: YG6934 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Caitlyn M. Martin
Date: 2001-09-03 10:55:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Vaccinations

Hi, Katharine, and everyone else.
> I tend to agree. I believe it enough that I do
> premedicate all of mine. This past time, Champ
> and Dillon both reacted after we got home.

Great point, here. I recommend waiting a *minimum* of an hour after
vaccinations at the vet's office. I learned that the hard way. I waited 45
minutes a year and a half ago after Adric's rabies shot and took off with what
I thought was a happy, healthy ferret. 10 minutes later I pulled a U-turn in
the middle of a major road and sped off to the emergency clinic. I had never
seen a reaction before that, and I was quite frightened by what I was seeing.
> I premedicate everyone because my experience is
> that you can't go by prior history all of the
> time.

I agree that there is no way you can tell who is going to react, but my vet
still doesn't believe in premedicating the ones with no history. Considering
what he's done for my ferts, I tend to trust his judgement.

> When I mentioned that my vet doesn't think
> premedicating for three days prior does any good,
> I was only talking about Benadryl. I can't speak
> for his position on using dexamethasone for three
> days prior.

I should point out that was done only for an extremely severe (as in life
threatening) reaction the previous year.

All the best,