BATS AND RODENTS

Recommendations

  1. GnRH Agonists - Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Agonists are considered the safest reversible contraceptives, but dosages and duration of efficacy are not well established for all species; males may require higher doses. Side effects are generally similar to those associated with gonadectomy, especially the potential for weight gain unless diet is controlled.
    Suprelorin® (deslorelin) Implants (F or M)
    Lupron® Depot Injection (F or M)
  2. MGA implant (F)
  3. MGA liquid (F) - (0.1mg/day)
  4. Depo-Provera® injection - for seasonal breeders (2-5 mg/kg body weight every 2-3 months) (F)

Caution

  1. Few data exist for these taxa
  2. Bats: In colonies where cleaning is done by hosing (i.e., water under pressure), aerosolization of fecal matter, including excreted steroid hormones from MGA or Depo-Provera, is possible. Proper precautions should be taken.

Monitoring

  1. Surveillance for deleterious effects
    Contraception Annual Survey
    Tissue Submission Form – Pathology
    Adverse Reactions Report

THE USE OF ANY CONTRACEPTIVE IN NON-DOMESTIC ANIMALS IS CONSIDERED EXPERIMENTAL

(M=MALE-DIRECTED, F=FEMALE-DIRECTED METHOD)