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From: Valkyrie
Date: 2001-04-01 00:03:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Can ferrets get salmonella?

On 31 Mar 01, at 20:41, fshldy1017@a... wrote:

> I was
> wondering if ferrets can get salmonella from either raw eggs or turtles.

I pondered this for a bit. I can't give a definitive answer, but I do
know this: I barf my dogs and will soon be barfing my cats. My
intention is to learn as much as I can about natural diet for ferrets
and barf them as well.
I don't have any doubt in my mind that salmonella is not likely to
cause my dogs a problem. Their shorter digestive tracts is one
factor, the other is simply biological/physiological makeup. I know
that I'm in the minority and I know that vets that agree with this diet
are also in the minority. But I find it real pious to argue with
My thinking is that ferrets have an even shorter digestive tract and I
know that there are ferret barfers out there...successfully feeding a
natural raw food diet.
I'll probably get flambe'ed royally, but I feel that if an animal is not
immune compromised the threat of salmonella is minute.
I *still*, however, would ALWAYS wash up after handling a reptile
or turtle of any kind, it's a very real human threat to children, the
elderly and those that are immune compromised.....*including*
someone who just isn't "feeling up to snuff". :-)
*now looking for a ferret-like hidey hole to cram herself into before
the yelling starts* :-}

--Valk (MinatoNeshoba@i...)
"Health is a journey, not a destination" - Deepak Chopra