Date: 2001-07-03 20:06:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: ADV Poll scary numbers
Thank you so much Kathy for your response. This is something
that I will be pursuing more with my vet. I am able to
discuss almost anything with him.
What scares me is if this is a parvovirus then I would think
that it could be spread long distances by people. I may be
wrong on this though.
I remember about 25 years ago (?) when parvo was being seen in
dogs all over the world. The thinking at the time was that it
was spread so quickly just by people flying on holidays etc..
it supposedly was carried on the soles of their feet. This
may be an old wives tale, so if anyone knows please correct
me. If the ferrert parvo is spread in the same way I would
not think that Canadians should be so complacent.
----- Original Message -----
From: Kathy Maxwell
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2001 12:02 PM
I know one of the reasons for most people (as some do) not
testing for ADV in Canada is the cost. If I recall correctly
here in Manitoba the cost is $ 110.00 per ferret as the test
has to be sent to the U.S. ( Manitoba vets please jump in
and correct me if this is not right). By rights that is
still no reason not to test as we do get ferrets up here
from the States and the disease can be brought in.
I also think that because most Canadian ferrets come from
our two breeders here in Manitoba and to the best of our
knowledge no one has had any indications of ADV being here,
this has made us somewhat complacent thinking that ADV only
exists in the U.S. and elsewhere. We had the same reaction
with ECE when it surfaced because it was not as widespread
here. We now know that ECE does exist here although not in
the same epidemic proportions.
As for ADV it is most likely already present in Canada, but
because most people here don't test we look at it as being
Just because we are not in the polls does not mean it's not
I know of several shelters in Canada that already take extra
precautions because of the risk.
Kathy and the Ferret Collective
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