Dr. George Stoecklin, DVM

2437 E Cheyenne, Las Vegas, NV  89030

(702) 642-5353


Recommended vaccinations for nonhuman primates:

Polio, inj 1 cc

Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR), inj  whole vial comes out to 1 cc

Rabies, inj killed virus (Imrab) we don't recommend rabies, not licensed to give.  Oklahoma is the only state that recommends Rabies.  There is no Rabies license for non-human Primates.

TB is an left eye lid injection, .10 ml

Tetanus toxoid, inj  1 ML IM

Recommended vaccination dates:

8 weeks, 6 months and 12 months of age for Polio and MMR

Adults should be vaccinated 2-3 times at 3-month intervals if not previously vaccinated.

8 weeks or older for Tetanus.

Avid Chip, implanted between shoulder blades at age 8 weeks of age.

New World/Old World Serology Screen is done anytime after 8 weeks of age.  A simple blood test can determine the safety of your monkey, testing for hepatitis A & B,  measles, ect.  Blood work is sent to the Texas Laboratories, Austin TX.

Medication doses:

Amoxicillin 5mg/lb. body weight 2-3 times a day

Keflex 7-12 mg/lb. 2-4 times a day

Bacterium 0.3 ml/lb. 3 times a day

Clavamox/Augmentin 5 mg/lb. 2-3 times a day.

Pediatric acetaminophen 2-5 mg/lb.

Pepto Bismol 1ml/lb. every 8 hours

Pediatric Benadryl 0.2 mg/lb./24hrs (divided doses)


Many monkeys in captivity are altered, canine removal, spay or neuter. Males 12 to 14 months of age and Females 3 1/2 years old for complete hysterectomy.

Baby Canine's can be removed early at 6 months to help with control and behavioral modification, at age 3 1'2 to 4 years of age the adult canines can be removed.  There are alot of issues about canine removal, some vets file down the canines, drill a hole, pack the tooth and place a cap on top.  Many pull the 4 canines.  Monkeys chew on everything, they are not like cats and dogs.  Many caps have fallen off causing a obsess appearing and then the canine has to be removed.  The teeth do not shift in appearance removing the four canines, removal is much more easier and safer then Capping the canines. 

Spaying a female:  is done at age 3 1/2 to 4 years of age, when a female is fully developed.  A complete hysterectomy is done removing everything including the uterus.  Doing just a ovarectomy has been known fact the uterus still secretes hormones.  Many females have cystic ovaries, very known.


Neutering a male, done at age 12 to 14 months old and up.  Doing the neuters early had shown signs of obsessed over weight in males, the males are not fully developed at a young age as a cat or dog. 


Helpful hints:

I have found in dealing with primates, when doing medical procedures, keeping it always safe and stress free for the monkeys is my main key. I prefer the monkeys to be less stressed when coming for procedures.  I leave the primates in their crates, place two huge garbage bags over crate, then place my hose inside and fill area with iso gas, very safe.  It takes a little longer for your primate to fall asleep, but there is no fighting, struggle to get an injection into these primates, or someone even getting hurt by knocking them out.



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