From: "Diane Wall"
Date: 2009-04-01 18:22:48 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Washing Feeding Syringes
In a shelter enviroment as part of my every morning every evening,
I use from 2 to 10 feeding syringes (no needles attached)
ranging in size from 1.0 ml to 10.00 ml (mostly 3.0 mls though) in order to measure various medicines such as carafate/sulcrafate, prednisone, diazoxide, amoxicillin, flagyl,baytril etc ...the usual array of stuff depending on who is ailing, and with what.)
My question is how are you all "washing" them?
Obviously we are using a different feeding syringe for each ferret as to not spread any illnesses. But afterwards, rinsing and/or soaking them in scalding hot water doesn't seem like enough, or is it?
Sometimes even though they look thoroughly clean to me, I will give someone a mild medicine and I get the "hate-you" look, (you know that look and for those who have given flagyl know it so well !)
It makes me think that maybe I didn't rinse it long enough or soak it long enough.
I thought of putting them in our table top dishwasher in a baby item basket, but that seems to just wash the outside, and even the thought of detergent getting inside just doesn't make that option worth even considering.
Once a week or so I do run all of the water bottles (we have wide mouth water bottles) through a sanitize cycle without any detergent)
Secondly, after awhile the numbers seem to wear off, would that be the general timeframe, that I should replace them?
How often do all of you replace them?
I realize that people who have only a couple ferrets (if there are such people!)on medications for a short period of time may handle things differently and just dispose of the used syringe?)
Although I kinda consider myself to be more of a seasoned ferret gal, I'd love to hear suggestions and I can always learn anything and everything from another person.
Thanks- Diane W.
South Shore Ferret Care
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