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From: "kblausman"
Date: 2008-05-01 04:58:25 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] sick ferret in pet store

I always go visit my local pet stores and play with their ferrets,
even when I know that I shouldn't. But last night I went to a pet
store and they had a ferret in there that looked almost dead. I
picked up and it's eyes were closed, crusty, it was bone thin and
weak. I went and found one of the workers I knew there and asked him
what was going on? The ferret was sick and still in with the
others. He said they thought is was the bedding as they had been
using the aspen and so they stopped that, then they tried cleaning
the eyes, and they called the supplier and they said they would come
in and pick it up this morning. As sick as it looked I doubt it made
it until this morning. I asked them if they worried about it being
distemper? He said no they thought it had a cold. This was one very,
very sick ferret. Anyway I went home sick and worried about how best
to handle it. I want to see if the manager will get them to read
Ferret for Dummies, I want to suggest that they seperate sick animals
from healthy ones, I want to explain that allowing everyone to handle
the ferrets allows them to catch whaever is brought it. I did
explain that they can catch our colds and our flu. These ferrets
have been in this store for about 2 months, but the sick one was a
new one that came in the last week or so. I doubt the store will tell
me if it ended up being distemper or not. I washed my hands with
antibacterial GOOD and put my clothes in the washing machine when I
got home. But my youngest one has one more shot to go before he has
all three of his shots in 2 weeks, should I worry? How do I help the
store be a better place for the ferrets that come in? They seem to
want to learn and I would rather teach than threaten. Ideas?



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