Message Number: YG2415 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-04-10 07:40:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Garlic & Other Goodies.)

Edward wrote:
And just a note of caution here in handling dead fleas, or even live
fleas for that matter, the flea detritis and/or fecal masses I avoid very
carefully, for it is in these masses that very dangerous bacteria,
rickettsia, and parasite eggs may be found. The rat flea, which isn't
normally found on a house ferret, unless the ferret has been lost for a
while outside and has been scent-tacking down a rat burrow, as wandering
ferrets have been known to do, is the primary vector of Pasteurella
pestis, the agent of the bubonic plague.

A votre sante. [F.] To your health.
Edward Lipinski @ F.E.R.R.E.T.S. NW Foundation

O.K., O.K. already, you have a way of being overly dramatic and being an
alarmist. Describing the flea biting the ferret was ridiculously
detailed. Giving the fact that I had a flea covered ferret and never saw
her "dramatic response" from the "sting" of the flea bite. It was just
itchy. Anyway, I think that it is agreed that there are many different
philosophies and ideas of how to care for our ferrets, from food, to flea
control, to bathing. This forum is specifically for discussing
medical/nutritional aspects of their care and allowing for discussion of
differences of opinions. However, I would appreciate more information
that is based on facts, using studies, or based on the knowledge of the
anatomy and phisiology of the animal, and using sound reasoning. I think
you could have just put in one sentence your method of flea control and
how it is working for you.

BTW, when was the last time you heard of a case of Bubonic plaque hit the
United States???? I am not saying it is impossible, and it was not too
long ago in India, but those statements are what I am refering to as
being an alarmist.


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