Date: 2010-07-17 17:18:19 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Real Canadian ferret kits receiving mink distemper vaccine
[The warning is that these ferrets might NOT have protection
against Canine Distemper.
I was alerted by my veterinary clinic this morning that they have had several Real Canadian (RC) ferrets brought into their clinic by owners who recently purchased these kits from pet stores in Atlantic Canada. This breeder is also shipping to pet stores in the U.S.
The troubling fact is that every single one of these ferret kits, from different owners, has an RC certificate stating they have been vaccinated with DISTEM-R-TC by Schering-Plough. This is a mink distemper vaccine!
I have to assume that these ferret kits are not protected against distemper and wanted everyone to be aware if they come across a ferret or ferret kit that is from this breeder.
I don't know how long they have been vaccinating with the mink vaccine instead of Purevax-D?? I have contacted the Ferret Association of Manitoba, the province the breeder is located in, so that they will contact the breeder and advise them to use the correct approved distemper vaccine in their kits. The breeder does not have a website and their contact information is not available to the public.
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