skorycd at ncaur1.ncaur.gov
Mon Oct 16 07:54:31 EST 1995
Unfortunately, I don't have an answer for you. But, as a ferret owner, I
do have some information that might help. The following is from a ferret
URL (there's a site for everything!). Perhaps this info may get an
answer that helps. Tell the breeder good luck.
Agricultural Research Service
Subject: (8.6) How do I contact Dr. Williams? I hear he'll look at
ferret tissue for free, and help with diagnoses, too.
Dr. Williams says:
I encourage owners who have questions to USE [my phone number].
Have your vets USE IT. If I minded people sending me email [at
<WILLIAMB at email.afip.osd.mil>] or calling me on the phone
(remember, it's Mon-Fri.), I wouldn't post it. Because of my
workload, I concentrate now only on medical questions. But if you
have a question, and your vet can't seem to answer, feel free to
give me a call.
I look at ferret tissue on a daily basis, much more than any other
veterinary pathologist I know of in the country. I'll be happy to
process and look at the tissue for no - no charge - if your vet
would like to send it to me. He can send it to:
Dr. Bruce Williams
Department of Veterinary Pathology
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Washington, D.C. 20306-6000
fax (202) 782-9150
Tissues should be placed in formalin (a dilute form of
formaldehyde that your vets all carry), and bodies should be
placed in the refrigerator, not the freezer, until a necropsy can
be done. Freezing tissues will make them virtually useless as far
as further study.
As I have said before, ferret histopathology is free. I can
generally turn cases around in 48-72 [hours] following receipt of
the tissue (48 hours is the general rule).
This offer is extended to any other list member who needs tissue
(either autopsy or biopsy) examined. Because the AFIP is keenly
interested in the diseases of ferrets (from a diagnostic
standpoint only - NO ferret research is done here), we are
accepting ferret tissue from private practitioners and
In article <45rbit$le8 at arcturus.ciril.fr>, bene at grip.u-nancy.fr says...
>Does anyone know about the immune system of ferrets and/or ways to cure
>little things from Salmonella infections that threaten their liver. I
had an anguished phone
>call from a ferret's breeder whose pets got infected in a
"ferret-kennel" (whatever this
>might be). She says she has tried all sorts of antibiotics but the
bacteria seem to be
>resistant and she thought perhaps triggering the immune system would
>however fears to use bovine anti-serum to salmonellae in case this leads
>sickness. I was quite unable to help her, but perhaps the net could.
Thank you for your
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