Bats and Rodents
BATS AND RODENTS
- 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)
- MGA implant (F)
- MGA liquid (F) - (0.1mg/day)
- Depo-Provera® injection - for seasonal breeders (2-5 mg/kg body weight every 2-3 months) (F)
- Few data exist for these taxa
- 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.
- 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)