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do ferrets carry any diseases that could be harmful to my

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do ferrets carry any diseases that could be harmful to my family
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Courtney Carroll, DVM replied 8 years ago.
Ferrets do not commonly carry anything that humans can catch. It is possible for them to contract a few things, very rarely, I suppose. Any mammal can carry salmonella in the GI tract, or ringworm on their skin. However, I have never seen a ferret with any condition contagious to humans, and it would be very rare to see such a thing. The only thing I can think of is that they can carry roundworms, so they should be dewormed twice a year with pyrantel pamoate, or revolution.
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Dr. Carroll
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