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RE: So about those parasites

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Posted by: fireside3 at Thu Sep 4 23:42:03 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by fireside3 ]  
   

I know. The first book mentioned is a good one and I have seen a lot of good info by that veterinarian. I'm just pointing out for people to use caution with some of these things that older posts, or even some books, discuss.

Montanucci called for aminoglycoside antibiotics in his maintenance and propagation, but some of that info is outdated now, or is far too dangerous for the average person to be messing with. I've centered on taking about fenbendazole ( panacur ) to the masses, because it is much safer and if the average person is going to try to self treat their herps at all, it should be with fenbendazole for sure.

Just the fact that the common route for administration of Ivermectin for internal parasite is intra-muscular injection ( IM ), should be enough clue for people to stay away from it. Only thing I think I would EVER recommend it's use for is suspected or confirmed lung worm or heart worm cases where 2 or 3 treatments with fenbendazole did not work, OR for very dilute topical application in the case of resistant snake mites or something.

I still would recommend dilute fenbendazole, or mineral oil rub or a lot of other things first, before I even considered ivermectin. It's just too damn dangerous. I think anything you read in one of those books should be bounced off of someone before trying. Herp medicine is still a pretty undiscovered country, and things change all the time about what is a safe recommendation in exotic medicine. That is why I subscribe to online exotic veterinary journals. What veterinarians were doing 5 or 10 years ago, may now be known as a very very bad thing to do. This is true especially in the case of veterinarians who are still using old science to treat turtles and tortoises with vitamin A injections, or vets who are using Baytril injection on juveniles, when it is clearly contra-indicated as causing joint tissue damage to juvenile animals.

>>Hey Mike, I wasn't calling out the use of Ivermectin specifically, but just pointing to the books. I haven't read them completely through yet, but they are just loaded with useful information regarding parasites, dosing, etc...
>>Thanks for clarifying your point though. If it's an issue it should be duly noted.
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