Date: 2012-02-03 19:21:54 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Bulging eye
I do know that these precautions are recommended by those mixing and administering the chemotherapeutic agents in humans, and I assume other species.
I am assuming that the owner was not preparing and administering the chemo drugs.
I double-checked some references on this and this is what I found:
Chemotherapeutics should be mixed in a biohazard chemical hood and
stored in a refrigerator or space where no food is kept or handled. Individuals mixing or administering these drugs should wear a mask and eye protection, and should either wear chemotherapy gloves or double glove. The use of a smock or protective coat is also recommended. Individuals cleaning patient cages for the first 24 hours following a treatment should wear gloves (Antinoff & Hahn, 2004).
Clients should be told to wear gloves when administering any
chemotherapeutic medication. Pills should not be cut or split. Clients should wear gloves when cleaning up animal waste from chemotherapy patients (Kant, 2004).
Nowhere does it state that gloves should be worn all the time when handling the ferret (just when cleaning their litter boxes), nor are there any recommendations for separating the ferrets from their companions.
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