Message Number: FHL849 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "bill.gruber"
Date: 2007-05-04 16:57:34 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: raw pork?

--- In, "Sukie Crandall" <sukie@...> wrote:
> Ferrets DO get Trichinosis.

I'm sure they theoretically CAN be infected by trichinosis, but the
chances of that happenning due to raw pork are practically nill.
Trichinosis is a reportable disease -- e.g., in the US, the Centers for
Disease Control are supposed to be notified of all cases. There were 5
cases in 2004 and 16 in 2005, and these were likely due to wild boar
and, especially, to undercooked bear meat. I was unable to find any
recent statistic blaming trichinosis on commercially available pork.
Here are a couple of links to put things in perspective:

Of course, there are other risks associated with feeding raw meat of
any kind, not to mention that a diet composed only of raw pork muscle
meat would likely be quite deficient. It's all a trade off. And as
we've seen with recent melamine and salmonella contaminations,
commercial pet foods certainly are not immune to problems.


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