Message Number: YG4418 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-06-08 20:03:00 UTC

If the new ferret is an active carrier of ECE, and yours have never
had it, you'd have to keep them separate for up to a year. On top of
that, you'd have to practice extreme anti-contamination procedures
each and every time you went from the new ferret to the present
ferrets. This would probably not be practical in a normal home
environment. It's best to assume that if the ferret carries ECE,
yours are probably going to get it, no matter how careful you are.

I can't comment on ADV, but at least there are tests for ADV so you
could have the new guy checked out prior to exposing your other
ferrets. There is no test for ECE.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., linda078@w... wrote:
> I was wondering if someone could give me advice on getting a new
> I currently have 4 ferrets, 3 in one cage that get along very well,
> grouchy older male thats in his own cage that never took to the
> newcomers.
> What precautions do I have to take with a new ferret as far as
> goes. This new one is an only ferret, 6 mos. old neutered. I dont
> to bring any ECE or Aleutian (?) disease in.
> He comes with the whole setup, cage, botttle etc.
> What would be a safe incubation period?
> Thanks!