Message Number: YG3746 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-05-19 20:49:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Are we over vaccinating our ferrets?

>I also ask my vet how many distemper
>animals he has seen in the past few years and he says very few! I also will
>not be taking my animals out in the public anymore.
>Charleen and the Wa. Tails

You are lucky! I don't know how it's been the last year, but we had
a run of Canine Distemper in the wild populations here a few years
ago that went through a lot of critters, so we can't take that risk.
We don't vaccinate those with a reaction history, but otherwise we
vaccinate. Sometimes response has to be geared to an area's specific
risk factors, and Canine Distemper is such a horror that we consider
the local risk too high to chance it. I don't know if you have ever
encountered an animal with it, but it is a living nightmare.