Message Number: YG1781 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-27 11:00:00 UTC
Subject: Controlling ADV in the office was Re: [Ferret-Health-list]
Digest Number 89

In a message dated 03/26/01 11:02:46 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< what precautions are you as vets taking to prevent the spread of ADV in
the office?

We disinfect the exam rooms in between every appointment. Have been for
years, so the advent of ADV really didn't change anything in our procedure.

i assume y'all take real precautions in the exam rooms to disinfect well
after treating an ADV+ ferret...

Oh, yes. As with any other contagious disease, if we *know* we're dealing
with it, we will disinfect several times before using the room again. I've
also been known to reschedule appointments to minimize potential exposure.

but... like if someone comes in with a 'known' ADV+ ferret...are they
separated into a special room to wait?..or left in the main waiting room
with everyone else...

Right into a room, as soon as possible, and we deal with everything in that

since the means of spreading ADV is such an unknown...what IS being done
in your offices to protect ferrets from the spread of ADV at the vet?

All of the above, plus strongly urging clients to minimize contact between
their ferrets and anyone else's, in addition to being careful about their own
contact with other people's ferrets. The local (to my area) shelter holds
regular testing clinics, and many of the ferret owners in the area have
tested. That helps too.

Dr. Ruth
Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.