I agree that it is best to not take any chances. I almost lost a fuzzbutt when he stopped eating. As soon as I noticed, I took him to the vet, who asked if anyone in the family had the flu. I responded that nobody did, then I realized I had just gotten over a bout of 'mouth sores' caused by a virus. I mentioned them to the vet, and he checked the throat and sure enough, 'mouth sores'. He wasn't eating because it hurt to swallow. The vet gave him sub-q fluids, antibiotics and glucose. When I took him home, I made up some really soft, nutricious soup and he ate until he about foundered. He turned the corner and got well and was with me for several years after that.
I have been very careful since then if I have any infections that I don't pass them on.
Barb and the Underfoot Family
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Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 8:44:34 AM
Subject: Re: [AFA Ferret] ferrets and strep throat
My best guess is yes they can. I had to keep my poodle separated from all the others when he had an upper respiratory infection last year because he was contagious to me and the rest of my crew. Strep is very contagious and I don't see why they couldn't catch it. If you have someone else that can handle them for now, I would suggest it. If not, make sure to wash your hands a lot and do not cuddle or handle them much till you are better. I had chronic strep throat when I was a child, so I hope you feel better quickly.
Get well soon!
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