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Distemink (Canada)

This page contains information on Distemink for veterinary use.
The information provided typically includes the following:
  • Distemink Indications
  • Warnings and cautions for Distemink
  • Direction and dosage information for Distemink


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Company: United


Modified Live Virus



STORE AT 2° TO 7° C., 35° TO 45° F.


DISTEMINK® consists of two components: A freeze-dried modified live distemper vaccine and sterile diluent used to dissolve the DISTEMINK.


Distemink Indication

DISTEMINK aids in preventing distemper in healthy, susceptible mink.


READ FULL DIRECTIONS BEFORE USE. Use entire contents within 2 hours after mixing. Circumstances such as incubating diseases, maternal immunity, Aleutian disease, nutritional deficiencies, stress, and parasitism may exist UNDETECTED at the time of vaccination and may result in incomplete protection from vaccination. If distemper is diagnosed in previously vaccinated mink, immediate notification of UNITED is recommended.


1. ANTIDOTE FOR ANAPHYLAXIS: Epinephrine. It is advisable to have epinephrine on hand prior to starting vaccination.

2. DISTEMINK has been demonstrated to be a safe and efficacious aid in preventing distemper in healthy, susceptible mink if properly vaccinated after they are at least 10 weeks old. Protective immunity develops approximately 3 weeks after vaccination.

3. Syringes and reusable, stainless steel needles may be prepared for use by boiling them in distilled water for 15 to 20 minutes. Do not disinfect them with chemicals as these can destroy the vaccine.


1. Do not mix the vaccine until ready to use.

2. Mix only one pair of vials at a time, and use the entire contents within 2 hours.

3. Disinfect rubber stoppers with alcohol; however, do not use a disinfectant on the needle or syringe.

4. To transfer the diluent into the bottle of DISTEMINK, insert the short end of the double-pointed transfer needle into the diluent and turn the bottle upside down. Insert the other end of the transfer needle into the DISTEMINK, causing the diluent to be drawn into the DISTEMINK bottle by vacuum.

5. After all the diluent has been transferred, shake gently to suspend the vaccine evenly.

6. Do not transfer DISTEMINK to other containers.

Administration And Dosage

Use the accompanying diluent to dissolve the DISTEMINK. Use sharp, sterile needles and sterile syringes. Inject 1 ml under the loose skin of the armpit of mink at least 10 weeks old and repeat distemper vaccination four weeks after initial vaccination. To assure uniform suspension, shake before and occasionally during use. Revaccinate all adults at the time of kit vaccination. After use, burn the containers and unused contents.


1. Risk of infectious disease can be minimized by taking the following measures:

a. Install and maintain fences to prevent pets and wild animals from entering the farm.

b. Do not introduce new mink to the farm without at least a 30 day quarantine period.

c. Test all new mink twice for Aleutian disease by using the counterelectrophoresis (CEP) test before introducing them onto your farm; one test 30 days before, and the second test just prior to bringing them onto the farm.

d. Always vaccinate all new mink against botulism, virus enteritis, distemper and Pseudomonas pneumonia at least 21 days before introducing them to your farm and observe them during this period.

e. Limit visitors to your farm and provide protective coverings for feet and clothing.

For additional information to reduce the possibility of disease, or the spread of an existing disease, contact your veterinarian or UNITED.

2. Should disease occur in unvaccinated mink, the losses may be minimized by promptly vaccinating those which are not showing signs of disease. One reasonable approach is to first vaccinate the mink located the farthest distance from those showing symptoms. Where possible, isolate sick animals from healthy ones. Avoid working in an area with known sick animals unless you change clothing. Care should be taken to use a separate sterile needle for each animal and disinfect handling gloves as often as is practical. Consult your veterinarian regarding treatment and handling of sick animals.

3. Mink infected, yet not showing signs of disease at the time of vaccination, will not be protected by the vaccine. Symptoms of distemper may continue to develop for as long as several months after vaccination.

4. Consult your veterinarian or UNITED before using this vaccine on a farm where disease exists or has occurred in the last 18 months.

5. Keep a record of vaccine brand names, quantity, serial numbers, expiration dates, and place of purchase. Record the date of vaccination, age and location of mink.

United Vaccines, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin 53719, USA

U.S. Veterinary License. No. 245

For questions regarding our products, call or write:

United Vaccines, Inc.

Telephone: (608) 276-5501

Fax: (608) 276-5545


Web Address:

3430 02

Dissolve to 250 ml, 250 Doses

3321 11/08

CPN: 1158002.3

Telephone:   608-276-5501
Fax:   608-845-2323
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the Distemink information published above. However, it remains the responsibility of the readers to familiarize themselves with the product information contained on the Canadian product label or package insert.

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