Iodophors (Disinfectant):

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Alternative Names Organic iodine combinations, tamed iodine, e.g. povidone-iodine
  • Iodine in combination with a solubilizing organic complex (carrier).
  • Free iodine is released slowly when the iodophore is diluted with water.
  • Usually the iodine is in combination with surfactants having detergent properties.
  • Water soluble, stable with normal storage.
  • No offensive odour.
  • Iodophores produce initial staining but not permanent staining.
  • Most effective on cleaned surfaces.
  • May be used for disinfecting surfaces in incubators and hatchers, feed trays and water containers, footwear, buildings.
  • Also used as a skin antiseptic, e.g. in pre-operative preparation of skin.
  • Broad bacteriocidal and fungicidal action. Effective against spores as well as vegetative forms of bacteria.
  • Also has viricidal properties.
  • Non-toxic and non-irritating in normal use (minimal toxicity).
  • Occasional hypersensitivity reactions.

(B32.1.w34, B49, B64.w1, B135)


  • Dip the toes of the rabbit in povidone iodine several times daily for weeks. In the treatment of fungal infection of the nail bed. (B601.15.w15)

Ferrets - Mustela putorius furo - Ferret:

  • Apply topically to the feet, or dip the feet, in the treatment of nail bed infections secondary to pedal mange. (B631.21.w21)

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