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From: John Lewington
Date: 2008-07-09 02:02:20 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:Diarrhea, still and again

Hi all,
Sukie has asked me to comment on the Salmonella/diarhoea
correspondance. She seems to have covered all
aspects from the references . Being as there are over 400
types in the genus Salmonella the basic idea of identification
of strain and strict antibiotic/plus fluids treatment is
the way to go.
In many years with ferrets i have had only one case.
(See FHMS )I believe in feeding ferrets food suitable for human
consumption as a standard. Fatty meat diet. Also, a feeding
at certain times of day, eg evening and morning with a fairly
precise weight of food given (ie food that is eaten at a
sitting and not stored away) Feeding this more natural diet over the
years i have had no cases of diarhoea. Each ferret should
be fed individually and body weight recorded monthly.
From a distance it in not easy to know what conditions
pet ferrets, in the the main ferret 'centre' being the USA,
are kept but presumably in doors but whither caged or not.
That is, what chance of outside contamination factors.
Other companion animals such as the dog and cat could be considered.
Prophylaxis is well known now and the carrier state
could occur in the human no doubt so that strict hygiene when
feeding pet animals should be maintained.
Cheers from downunder,


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