Message Number: YG11033 | New FHL Archives Search
From: kath0524
Date: 2002-02-12 11:51:00 UTC
Subject: Re: She died tonight

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Richard Steele" <rasteele@h...>
<And because she was a biter and bit me recently and bit one of the
techs, she has to be sent to the state lab to be tested for rabies.
So we don't even get to bury her at all. <

I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope you have a necropsy done to
determine the cause of death. However, if (s)he has been left in
freezing temperatures, there probably is no viable tissue left.

I'm very curious about the rabies testing. I really don't know the
law but I would be thoroughly p.o.'d if my vet insisted on testing a
pet of mine for rabies (dead or alive) that he had been treating
routinely. Had your ferret been vaccinated? By this vet? Were any
of the symptoms indicative of rabies? I don't recall any symptoms
like that.

What is the policy/law on this?

I have mine cremated so this wouldn't be the end of the world's just the principle of the thing. I would rather they not
even tell me they are doing this but I supposed they have to.