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From: Steve1
Date: 2001-09-03 11:07:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] vaccine reactions.

Hi All,
There have been found that bats found in New Jersey are
carrying rabies and because of their tiny teeth a bite is
difficult to determine. Keep yourself and your animals save
and vacinate. Death by rabies is a horrible way to die.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pat Stauffer
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2001 9:04 AM

I live in Phila. Pa. there have been no recent outbreaks of
distemper that I know of, but I work in an animal hospital
and you never know what will come through the door. We did
have a vet exposed to rabies last year via a stray kitten.
This makes the risk of bringing something home better than
the average person, so I do vaccinate every year. I do
however have one girl which I will not vaccinate again until
the Merial vaccine is released. I have almost lost her twice
to severe vaccine reaction even with pretreating. I have had
5 react. Four of them severely. The head tech at the
hospital almost lost her ferret due to a reaction. I have
noticed something curious. One ferret reacted at the first
yearly booster. He was later found to have insulinoma and
adrenal. One started reacting on the third year booster, he
was later found to have cardio. Another started reacting on
the fifth year booster and a few months later was found to
have insulinoma and adrenal. The tech's ferret reacted on
the fourth year booster. He was diagnosed with lympho and
euthanized several months after the reaction. I have a
friend who had a ferret react severely to a rabies booster
when he was 3.5 yrs old and he was later diagnosed with
insulinoma. Connection???? Do some of these reactors have
underlying problems which for some reason contributes to the
reaction? It doesn't happen all the time. I do have two here
that react but are perfectly healthy. It just seems odd
though that 5 out of seven had problems which were unknown
at the time. On the other hand I have vaccinated ferrets who
were known to have underlying problems with no reaction. Go
figure. Another odd thing is four of the seven were "fancy"
colors. Two panda, one silver, and one very light champagne.
The rest were 2 black sable and one sable. Five were
privately bred ferrets and two were pet store ferrets. 5 out
of 7 were neuters. It just seems curious.

Pat Stauffer

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