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From: Edward Lipinski
Date: 2001-04-10 14:41:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Sevin 5 & Pet Food

Dear Chris,

Thanx for your posting. The flea infested ferrets, when they
first come here are defleaed and do undoubtably inhale some of
the dust. They are kept in the de-fleaing box for one or two
days and are then removed to check for persistent flea
infestation, if any. Todate, no ferret has demonstrated any
ill effects that I can see or have seen from this treatment.

As I wrote, 'It works for us.'

Personally I have been exposed to more Sevin 5 than any ferret
has, this since the mid 80's and tomorrow if I die, then you
will know my tolerance for insecticide poisoning - assuming
the cause of death is that.

From what I understand, it takes multiple exposures over a
specific prolonged length of time for most insecticide
residues to build up in the various tissues of the body a
level of the compound before toxic effects are seen.

In the agri business the sprayers of insecticides are
repeatedly exposed to insecticides over considerable lengths
of time and so must take measures to prevent buildup in their
systems, as is the case you've cited.

In all probability, the preservatives and chemicals added to
ferret kibble to extend shelf life in the pet food
manufacturer's warehouse and on the pet store shelves is more
likely to be of greater concern for ferret health than a one
or two time exposure to the insecticide powder, since the
ferret is going to be exposed repeatedly, perhaps all its
life, to the low level poisons in its commercial food, not to
mention the various dyes and other synthetics therein.

For further information on the pet food industry, may I
suggest that you obtain a copy of the book by Martin and Fox
titled, 'Food Pets Die For.' Also on the net go to 'Animal
Protection Institute, What's Really in Pet Food.' These
information sources really opened my eyes and will perhaps
give you pause to think.

Age quod agis [L.] Do what you do carefully.

Edward Lipinski @ F.E.R.R.E.T.S. NW Foundation est. 1981 and
founded 2001.

On Tue, 10 Apr 2001 13:51:37 +0100 "Chris Lloyd"
<> writes:
Hi Edward, are you sure Sevin 5 is safe for the ferrets to
breath I know it has been just been removed from the
approved list for the home praying of trees because of
health problems caused to the sprayers. I thought topical
flea powder had to be removed from the coat after 10 to 20
minutes. All the ones in the UK tell us to make sure we or
the animals do not breath the powder. Chris

Chris Lloyd ICQ no. 44575318
Wessex Ferret Club Southampton. UK.
The Pack

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