Message Number: YG2037 | New FHL Archives Search
From: swamp
Date: 2001-04-02 04:33:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Ferrets and Influenza

At 11:52 PM 4/1/2001 -0700, Weez wrote:

>Our DEW caught pneumonia after my daughter kissed him
>on the nose when she had a strep throat in summer!

Streptococcus is bacterial, and most warm blooded animals are hosts for
bacteria, especially sick ones. Was your DEW healthy at the time?

>Our (human) kids know they & their friends are not to
>go anywhere near the ferrets when they have colds/flu
>but sadly the sore throat bit didn't register.

Neither you nor your ferrets will be able to avoid the various bacteria and
viruses you'll all be exposed to over your lifetimes.

>A few days later I noticed our ferret breathing
>heavily and took him to the vet who kept him in
>hospital. Five days later he was dead :o(

Sorry to hear that. Was strep the cause of death?

>If I were you, I'd be equally paranoid about both
>colds and flu!

My guys have had stuffed up noses and sniffles and so have I. Usually at
different times, sometimes not. I wouldn't worry about it too much unless
the ferret is already compromised.