Are ferrets safe around older, immunocompromised people?

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  • Are ferrets safe around older, immunocompromised people?


Answer #1 | 14/01 2014 10:14
Is there an issue with bacteria with the father in law? If yes, then don't bring a pet into the environment. I've heard of problems with certain dog diseases and even with potential FIV in cats, transferring to immune compromised humans, but ferrets don't have any ferret to human diseases. They can transfer parasites (fleas, worms) and skin conditions (ringworm) but that's in a whole different field of medicine.
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Answer #2 | 14/01 2014 12:30
My transplant surgeon preferred pets in this order for his transplant recipients: 1) Dogs 2) Cats 3) Birds He didn't say anything about ferrets as I didn't have one. I'd suggest asking his transplant team. At any rate, he probably should not be cleaning a litter box. Or if he has to, he should wear gloves and a mask. That's what they told me to do for my bird's cage. (I'm 8 years post transplant, kidney and pancreas, everything is fine with them).
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