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From: Sandy
Date: 2001-06-30 07:43:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] ADV - making it make sense

I knew some about ADV but evidently not boyfriend brought a
whole male from mn yesterday that I rescued through the internet , a (not
so ) human society was going to euthanise him, we took him instead ...He is
scheduled to go to the vet today but I guess i will be taking my other 2
fuzzies also so they can all be tested now...I wasnt aware that I should
bath and change clothes before handling my babies. I feel awful that I may
have exposed my luvs to anything. and by the way Christopher....I agree
there is no such thing as too paranoid when it comes to our babies welfare.
Thank you for the education.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher" <christopher@b...>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2001 7:42 PM

> Ok, we still get responses to the poll that say I have no idea what
> you are talking about with this ADV stuff. Which is wonderful! One it
> tells me that these people care enough to take a poll on something
> they don't know about and two it gives us a chance to realize we are
> talking greek. So, with a deliberate attempt to avoid the technical
> stuff.. here is ADV.
> AD is Aleutian Disease and it is caused by the Aleutian Disease
> Virus, which is why we say ADV all the time around here.
> The important things to know are;
> 1) it attacks your ferrets immune system and eventually kills.
> 2) there is no cure
> 3) there is no vaccine to protect your ferret
> 4) a healthy looking ferret with no sign of illness can pass it on.
> 5) it is possible that you could hold a ferret somewhere and go home
> and give it to your ferrets.
> 6) if you've not tested you could very well be running around killing
> other people's ferrets just by holding them.
> 7) there are not enough responses for the poll to be accurate yet,
> but assuming it were an accurate sampling.. Half the people you know
> who have ferrets have never tested. 1 in 10 of every ferret owner you
> know has an ADV+ ferret. That's scary, but it is probably high as I
> expect people with ADV+ ferrets to be more interested in the poll and
> more likely to take it.. and there are not enough responses yet for a
> valid sampling.
> 8) you can't look at a ferret and know if it has ADV. In fact most
> cases are probably diagnosed post mortem by a pathologist. Though now
> that more and more people are testing that is probably changing.
> 9) the symptoms of ADV are non-specific, so once a ferret starts
> acting sick you still don't really know what's going on until a vet
> notices from labs that the globulin is really high and orders and ADV
> test.
> 10) most ferrets appear well, spreading the virus, until they are
> about to die.
> Now for a scary thought... Just this week I had a vet, whom I trust
> and respect greatly, tell me that it "only occurs in wild ferrets and
> mink and isn't found in domestic ferrets so there is no need to test
> captive bred ferrets." Let us tell that to the 10% of the people who
> have already responded to the survey and are watching their ferrets
> die and being incredibly careful about bathing and changing clothes
> before they leave the house and go to the petshop to pick up a ferret
> toy because if they forget once, they could pass it on. The people
> who are probably afraid to pick up a kit and cuddle it for a second,
> in that same petshop, just in case. The same people who don't dare
> bring a healthy ferret they just fell absolutely in love with home. I
> see a cute kit in a petshop and I have to stop and remind myself that
> six is enough, but I do at least have a choice.
> That's what ADV is! I hope you have tested and aren't putting other
> people's ferrets and kits in petshops at risk. I hope your friends
> have tested and don't accidently kill your ferret with a hug. I hope
> everyone who visits petshops and shelters is going home and bathing
> and changing clothes before they cuddle their own fuzzies. I'm as
> guilty as anyone when it comes to letting my ferrets play with other
> ferrets or coming home from the shelter and sitting on the couch
> where the ferrets are going to be playing in another 10 minutes when
> I get my second wind... That's why I want these figures so bad. Am I
> too paranoid? Am I not paranoid enough? How big of a risk do I want
> to take with my fuzzies life?
> ADV doesn't infect humans or cross over to dogs or cats.
> I hope that helps it make sense to those who haven't heard yet. I am
> really sorry that I didn't personally tell you sooner, and I am
> hoping this is in time for your own ferrets. So, who haven't YOU told?
> Hugs
> Christopher
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