Message Number: YG1585 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Long, Katharine
Date: 2001-03-22 08:02:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] Digest Number 79

Dr. Murray wrote:
<In regards to your dilution of bleach, I would suggest a 1 part bleach to
32 parts water (ie 1/2 cup to a gallon
of water). Also would recommend rinsing to reduce any irritation to the
respiratory tract (people and animals).<

That probably is OK for our ferrets who are indoor animals and are not
exposed to the diseases and illnesses that wildlife are. I was taught to
use the 1:10 solution for wildlife but that's a whole different beast, I
suppose. The wildlife can bring in any number of "problems", plus different
animals use the same cages over time. I think the 1:10 is probably more
precautionary than anything else; maybe not entirely necessary. I use the
same solution for the ferrets since it's already there.

I DO rinse, even the cages and litter boxes. Psychologically, I can't stand
NOT to rinse. However, air drying in the sun will kill all of the active
ingredients, but rinsing is certainly not a bad idea.